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ESMO Designated Centres Working Group

The ESMO Designated Centres Working Group (DCWG) works in the field of organisation, policy, research, education and the development of oncology incentive programmes with the goal of fully integrating supportive and palliative care into medical oncology practice at existing healthcare facilities.

Activities and Responsibilities

  • Defining minimum standards for the provision of supportive and palliative care by cancer centres
  • Improving the level of involvement and expertise of oncologists in the delivery of supportive and palliative care to patients
  • Promoting palliative care issues and initiatives worldwide


  • Membership is open to Full and Junior ESMO members with particular interest in palliative care

Check out the major achievements of the ESMO Designated Centres Working Group


  • Stein Kaasa, Norway

Deputy chair

  • Gudrun Marie Ilse Kreye, Austria

Working Group Members

  • Gil Bar-Sela, Israel
  • Carole Bouleuc, France
  • Andres Felipe Cardona, Colombia
  • Jelena Dimitrijevic, Serbia
  • Raffaele Giusti, Italy
  • Susana Guevara-Mendez, Spain
  • Philipp Jakob Jost, Austria
  • Florence Le Tinier, France
  • Gabor Liposits, Denmark
  • Mari Lohmus, Estonia
  • Carlos Paiva, Brazil
  • Bhavana Rai, India
  • Anna Reyners, Netherlands
  • Jayne Wood, United Kingdom
  • Kwok Keung Yuen, Hong Kong
  • Camilla Zimmermann, Canada

Last update: March 2022

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