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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


  • Jayne Wood, United Kingdom

Deputy chair

  • Anna Reyners, Netherlands

Working Group Members

  • Anda Sampetrean, France
  • Bhavana Rai, India
  • Camilla Zimmermann, Canada
  • Carlos Paiva, Brazil
  • Gabor Liposits, Denmark
  • Gil Bar-Sela, Israel
  • Ihor Vynnychenko, Ukraine
  • Jelena Dimitrijevic, Serbia
  • Konstantinos Christofyllakis, Germany
  • Kwok Keung Yuen, Hong Kong
  • Madelaine Amante, Philippines
  • Mila Petrova, Bulgaria
  • Philipp Jakob Jost, Austria
  • Raffaele Giusti, Italy
  • Stein Kaasa, Norway
  • Sulav Sapkota, Nepal
  • Susana Guevara-Mendez, Spain
  • Vinodh Kumar Selvaraj, India

Last update: June 2023

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