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2003-2012 ESMO Position Statements and Recommendations


Chronic Disease Alliance: A Unified Prevention Approach

This joint position paper by ESMO and nine other health professional organisations was presented on 10 June 2010 to the EU Commissioner of Health, Mr. John Dalli. It outlines concrete policy recommendations for prevention of common risk factors across chronic diseases, including cancer.


ESMO Statement on the European Council Recommendation on Rare Diseases (2009)

This ESMO statement compliments the ESMO-supported "European Action Against Rare Cancers".

ESMO position statement on the role of medical oncologists in the fight against cancer in Europe (2009)


Improving Rare Cancer Care in Europe (2008)

ESMO Consensus Recommendations on New Drugs in Rare Cancers in November 2008.

ESMO statement on the Role of Medical Oncologists in Cancer Prevention (2008)

(Published in Annals of Oncology, Volume 19, No. 6, June 2008)

ESMO statement on the European Parliament Resolution on combating cancer in an enlarged European Union in April 2008
ESMO comments on the 'Public consultation regarding a European Action in the Field of Rare Diseases' (Rare Diseases: Europe's Challenges) in February 2008

The document includes answers to the 14 specific questions identified in the text and mainly focuses on rare tumours where necessary.

ESMO comments on the legal framework for information to patients with reference to a public consultation organised by the European Commission in February–April 2008


The off-label use of drugs in oncology: a position paper by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) (2007)

(Published in Annals of Oncology, 2007)

ESMO comments on the 'Consultation regarding draft report on current practice with regard to provision of information to patients on medicinal products' in accordance with art. 88a of Directive 2001/83/EC as amended by Directive 2004/27/EC on the Community, in September 2007

The document includes global assessment of the draft report, general comments and suggestions.


ESMO position statement on the 'Consultation regarding Community Action on Health Services' (2006)

The statement provides overall considerations and specific responses by ESMO to nine questions regarding cross-border healthcare in EU Member States.

ASCO-ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care (2006)

The ASCO-ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care is a joint document made up of 10 points outlining goals to provide access to and continuity of quality cancer care worldwide.
(Published in Annals of Oncology, July 2006)


ESMO Policy on Supportive and Palliative Care (2003)

The ESMO Policy on Supportive and Palliative Care is a comprehensive document addressing the role of the oncologist in the provision of supportive and palliative care, supportive and palliative care training for medical oncologists, minimum standards for the provision of supportive and palliative care by cancer centres.
(Published in Annals of Oncology, 2003)

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