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£1m cancer network project launched

A £1 million European initiative to raise awareness and improve communication around cancer has been launched.

Eurocancercoms, funded by the European Commission, aims to ensure the smooth flow of information between scientists, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and patients.

It hopes to improve the communication of cancer information by using internet-based technology to create a networked community bringing in health professionals, patients, consumer groups and industry.

The project also looks at improving access to trial results by establishing searchable databases that patients can access as well as experts.

Professor Alexander Eggermont, president of the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO) which is leading the initiative, said: "There is an urgent need in Europe to improve communications between everyone working in cancer and between them and patients.

"Europe has an increasing number of cancer patients and worse outcomes for care, despite having better quality clinical research than the USA. Cancer survival is unacceptably variable in different European countries.

"A previous study identified poor communication between all those involved in cancer care as one of the main reasons for these poor outcomes. Eurocancercoms aims to address these problems by creating a 'one-stop shop' for the whole cancer community from scientists to patients."

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