Our Story

The Workgroup of European Cancer Patient Advocacy Networks (WECAN) was established in 2015 when 15 umbrella cancer patient advocacy organizations came together to initiate the informal network. WECAN was born out of the true need for the cancer patient community to share experiences and work together. Its formation stemmed from recognising the impact that such a collaboration could bring to the European cancer community and to their member organizations.

WECAN now brings together over 20 umbrella cancer patient advocacy organizations active in Europe. As WECAN grows, and new members join the network, there are further opportunities to be realised. Through learning from shared experiences and continued collaboration, WECAN continues to grow and present exciting opportunities for the cancer patient community.

Goals & Objectives

Our Mission

To improve the outcomes for all cancer patients by acting 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, on the principle of subsidiarity.


WECAN provides a forum for the European cancer patient community. We facilitate internal and external collaborations and initiate projects and workgroups that benefit the cancer patient community.

  • Diversity and representativeness
  • Transparency
  • Mutual respect and respect
  • Mutual support
  • Principle of subsidiarity -WECAN acts in the interest of all WECAN members, and will not speak on behalf of any of its members