COVID-19 AND CANCER

The COVID-19 epidemic is of concern to many cancer patients. Many of the European cancer patient organisations are providing information about COVID-19 and specific recommendations to their patient community. See the “COVID-19 Resources of WECAN members”

WHO WE ARE

WECAN (see video) is an informal network of leaders of cancer patient umbrella organisations active in Europe.

MISSION

Our mission is to act as a well-coordinated cancer patient community towards all stakeholders by building levels of trust, collaboration, alignment and mutual support between pan-European cancer patient umbrella organisations

OBJECTIVES

  • to improve outcomes for all cancer patients
  • to collaborate, align and develop joint projects/actions
  • to strengthen cancer advocacy in Europe
  • to share workload when contributing to different stakeholder initiatives
  • to provide resources for cancer patient organisations

GOVERNANCE AND FUNDING

WECAN is not a legal entity. Each member organisation nominates one representative and one alternate. WECAN has a rotating chairmanship. Any activity or project of WECAN is funded and implemented through the participating organisations and funded by unconditional financial support that they may raise for that individual activity.

COLLABORATING FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN EUROPE

RECENT AND ONGOING WECAN INITIATIVES

  • EU integration of Health Technology Assessment

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

WECAN was established to create new opportunities:

  • Coordination and cooperation: WECAN provides the opportunity for leaders of pan-European cancer patient umbrella organisations to meet and discuss ideas and build consensus.
  • Efficiency: WECAN provides a forum to discuss how and when to collaborate, to share information and workload reporting back to the group to increase transparency.
  • Diversity and representativeness: As the number of meetings increases they cannot include a representative of all key indications, WECAN provides a platform where organisations can share information and a collective voice.
  • Fostering new advocates: WECAN creates opportunities to involve and develop new cancer patient advocacy leaders and more capacity building.

CONTACT DETAILS

If you are interested in collaborating, aligning or developing projects with WECAN or would like further information please contact us:

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