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ESMO European Policy Committee

ESMO represents its members at the political level, working to keep cancer a high priority on the European healthcare agenda.

The ESMO European Policy Committee (formerly the Public Policy Committee) addresses political topics of concern to ESMO and its members, with a specific focus on promoting the practice and the profession of medical oncology and diminishing the discrepancies in the quality of cancer care. The Committee collaborates closely with leading oncology societies and coordinates its activities with key stakeholders to assure that the oncology community speaks with one united voice.

Activities and responsibilities:

  • Gain widespread, full recognition and implementation of medical oncology to assure better multidisciplinary treatment of cancer patients
  • Diminish discrepancies in quality of cancer care through the proper development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Establish collaborative networks for cancer care to enhance equal patient access to treatment and care
  • Obtain a uniform approval and reimbursement process in Europe for effective anticancer agents
  • Improve the frameworks for clinical and translational cancer research to support rapid advancement of new cancer therapies
  • Improve health care and research for rare cancers to assure timely and correct diagnosis of patients and their access to the best available care

Structure:

Chair

  • Paolo Casali, Italy

Core Committee Members

  • Jean-Yves Blay, France
  • Giuseppe Curigliano, Italy
  • Elisabeth de Vries, Netherlands
  • Christian Dittrich , Austria
  • Anna Maria Frezza, Italy
  • Marina Garassino, Italy
  • Rosa Giuliani, United Kingdom
  • Margaret Hutka, United kingdom
  • Stefan Rauh, Luxembourg
  • Josep Tabernero, Spain

Extended Committee Members          

  • Andres Cervantes, Spain
  • Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Italy
  • Serena di Cosimo, Italy
  • Karim Fizazi, France
  • Antonio Gonzalez Martin, Spain
  • Andreas Hottinger, Switzerland
  • Lorenz Jost, Switzerland
  • Michalis Karamouzis, Greece
  • Lisa Licitra, Italy
  • James Mackay, United Kingdom
  • Harry Schouten, Netherlands
  • Hans-Jorg Senn, Switzerland
  • Cora Sternberg, Italy
  • Simon Van Belle, Belgium
  • Lawrence Von Karsa, France

Last update: September 2021

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