The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) and its members contributed to the open consultation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
Commission President von der Leyen has committed to a European plan to fight cancer, to support Member States and stakeholders in improving cancer control and care to reduce the suffering caused by this disease. On 4 February 2020, the European Commission started the open consultation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation is addressed to individual citizens, patients, and carers replying in their personal capacity as well as health professionals and organisations involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care and research.
ENHA and its members ESPEN, EFAD and EuGMS contributed to the consultation, focussing on screening for people at risk and follow-up assessment and nutritional care for cancer patients to support effective treatment, their recovery and subsequent quality of life.
ENHA's contribution to the open consultation
Original full text of the contribution
About Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan
Cancer is a major health issue as referred in Article 168 TFEU, which gives the EU the competence to support, coordinate or supplement the actions of the Member States for the protection and improvement of human health.
The Commission intends to design the plan to cover the entire cycle of the disease starting from prevention and early diagnosis to treatment and quality of life of patients and survivors.
“The success of the Plan will depend on the full engagement of citizens, cancer patients, stakeholders and actors at European, national and local levels.”
The mission letter to the Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides defines that the four pillars of the Europe Beating Cancer Plan will be:
- early diagnosis
- treatment, and
- follow-up care
The Europe Beating Cancer Plan will be linked to other priorities of the new Commission and has the support of Members of the European Parliament, Member States and stakeholders who work together with the Commission to improve cancer prevention and care in Europe.