Message from the president

The OECI mission is to foster high quality comprehensive cancer care, research and education, with the aim of improving patient outcomes throughout Europe. Improving the organisation of European oncology care of the future lies at the centre of our challenges. Today, more than ever, importance is being placed on working together, at every level, from cancer patient advocacy to cancer professionals and cancer centre management level, by sharing a common European vision to overcome the cancer burden.

The OECI - as the main European network of comprehensive and clinical cancer centres - is unique on a European scale and, as such, should also play an indispensable role in helping EU Member State authorities adapt their cancer health care systems.

Thanks to its extended network, composed of members offering a wide range of skills, the OECI has the resources to disseminate exploitable results to the wider cancer community. The need to grow an active role in supporting the innovation process and personalised medicine, as well as overcoming disparities in patient care, outcomes and access to treatments on a European scale is reflected by the stakeholders’ growing interest in the OECI Accreditation and Designation Programme. The OECI is aiming to invest more in this activity, which focuses on improving the organisational and quality levels of cancer centres, with a view to obtaining international recognition of its certification.

As President of the OECI since September 2014, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all the OECI Board members and to the Chairpersons of the OECI Working Groups, who have actively contributed towards achieving the OECI’s mission and objectives.