European Cancer Organisation

ALAN is part of the patient advisory committee of the European Cancer Organisation.

To reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes and the quality of care for cancer patients, through multidisciplinary and multi-professionalism.

As the not-for-profit federation of member organisations working in cancer at a European level, we convene oncology professionals and patients to agree policy, advocate for positive change and be the united voice of the European cancer community.

To be a vibrant, pro-active, focused, relevant and influential federation, working together for a cancer free future, ensuring that every patient has high quality care and treatment, with access to the full range of professionals needed.

To create and develop ever-strengthening relationships between European institutions and the European cancer care community, and with our Member Societies and networks, facilitate collaboration and consensus on focused topics towards tangible and impactful policy improvement.

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Pillar one: Policy and Advocacy

Pillar two: Convenor and Facilitator around Focused Topics.


The European Cancer Organisation aims to create and develop ever-strengthening relationships between European institutions and the European cancer care community, and together with our Member SocietiesPatient Advisory Committee and networks, facilitate collaboration and consensus on focused topics towards tangible and impactful policy improvement. Read more about the European Cancer Organisation’s policy work in our Annual Reports.

The strategic objectives that underpin all our policy activity are:

  • the advancement of multidisciplinarity and patient-centricity in cancer care; and,
  • the promotion of policy recommendations for the improvement of cancer care, drawing on the Organisation’s unique multidisciplinary reach.


Read more about our policy approval pathway here.

European Cancer Summit

Every year, at the European Cancer Summit, the European Cancer Organisation brings together leading oncology experts, experienced patient advocates, key opinion leaders, policy makers and politicians to discuss key issues in reducing the burden of cancer, saving, and improving the lives of patients and the public.

This year’s European Cancer Summit on 16 & 17 November 2022 in Brussels / virtual will focus on delivery and collaboration. In these turbulent times, with huge pressures on cancer services across Europe, we are bringing together leading oncology experts, patient advocates, politicians and policy makers. We have an exciting programme and speaker line-up, so we can discuss the main issues impacting cancer policy, for the benefit of cancer patients, healthcare professionals and all people across Europe.

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EU Projects

As Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and EU Cancer Mission are now being implemented by the European Commission, with a number of EU4Health and HORIZON funding calls being launched regularly, we are coordinating some EU funded projects and participating in others, as a consortium member.

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Examples of  initiatives launched