The Cancer Related Complications and Comorbidities Initiative is chaired by the European Cancer Patient Coalition, ECPC and brings together over 20 key stakeholders at EU level with expertise in each of their respective expertise areas.
With the renewed focus of the European Commission on cancer, the initiative advocates an integrated, holistic approach to cancer care and responds to Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan open consultation (see ENHA’s response).
Malnutrition has a significant impact on cancer and cancer patients. It is estimated that the deaths of 10-20% of patients with cancer can be attributed to malnutrition (undernutrition) rather than to the malignancy itself. In spite of this, there is low awareness of cancer-related complications and comorbidities among patients, informal carers, healthcare professionals and policymakers.
In a joint statement entitled “Making cancer-related complications and comorbidities an EU health priority” and a paper to the Horizon Europe Mission Board for cancer, the initiative calls upon EU policy makers to prioritise cancer-related complications and comorbidities.
“ENHA is one of the most active members of the initiative. Malnutrition can have a significant impact on cancer and cancer patients and loss of muscles mass increases mortality”
The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) contributes to the joint statement, calling for nutritional care becoming an integral part of cancer care.