ALAN is a member of WECAN, an informal network of leaders of cancer patient umbrella organisations active in Europe.

WECAN mission is to act as a well-coordinated cancer patient community towards all stakeholders by building levels of trust, collaboration, alignment and mutual support between pan-European cancer patient umbrella organisations.


  • to improve outcomes for all cancer patients
  • to collaborate, align and develop joint projects/actions
  • to strengthen cancer advocacy in Europe
  • to share workload when contributing to different stakeholder initiatives
  • to provide resources for cancer patient organisations

For more information: www.wecanadvodate.eu


New course : Patients in Publications

Patient advocates need to publish their own research and survey data, and are invited to be co-authors or peer-reviewers. WECAN and Envision Pharma Group have created an open-access course trains patient advocates on how to engage in publications.

What does it cover?

This course will help you to assess, plan, and publish research in a peer-reviewed journal. You will explore case studies and learn tips from experts.

Key learning outcomes

  • Assessing the likelihood of publishing research
  • Understanding key stages in the publication process
  • Identifying guidelines on good publication practices
  • Planning a publication, estimating the time required
  • Selecting a suitable journal
  • Authoring a publication, working with publishing professionals
  • Understanding the peer-review process
  • Reviewing and submitting a publication
  • Raising awareness about a publication


Course can be undertaken here: https://wecanadvocate.eu/patients-in-publications/