3. September 2020: High-level conference on “Improving cancer care in Europe”


High-level conference on “Improving cancer care in Europe”

With around 3.9 million new patients and 1.3 million deaths per year in Europe as well as a sharp increase in the number of citizens who are living either with or after the disease, cancer represents a major disease burden for our society. Clearly, concerted EU-wide efforts to improve prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and counseling of patients and their families throughout their disease journey are needed to complement national programs.

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) as the national center for cancer research in Germany fully supports the commitment and initiative of the European Commission to fight the growing burden of cancer in an aging society by implementing an ambitious EU-wide Cancer Plan. The European cancer burden is one central topic of the new Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which started on 1 January 2019.
During this conference internationally, renowned experts and high-ranking politicians will address and discuss urgent topics with the aim to reduce the cancer burden in Europe and to improve cancer care for European citizens.

In the panel of the opening session: Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF) and Research, presenting the National Decade Against Cancer, initiated by BMBF. The national Decade Against Cancer is a program to jointly fight cancer by further strengthening and promoting cancer research in the areas of prevention, early detection, diagnostics and innovative therapies. It brings together numerous key players to work on ensuring effective cancer research, in which patients are closely involved and which offers them increasingly improved prospects.


Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg
from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



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