Current developments in cancer care: including the patients’ perspective—3rd European Roundtable Meeting (ERTM) June 17, 2016, Berlin, Germany

  • O. OrtmannEmail author
  • W. Rösler
  • U. Helbig
  • for the participants of the ERTM
Review – Clinical Oncology



National Cancer Control Plans (NCCP) are necessary to improve cancer care and reduce mortality. We have reported previously on European institutional health structures and transformation of theoretical health care standards into a practical approach. For the latter consideration of the patients’ perspective was considered as highly important and chosen as subject for this meeting.


Several European organizations have realized deficits in this area. They promote equal and timely access to cancer care since current inequities lead to disparities in cancer survival across Europe. Patients’ support working groups are focussing on employment issues, financial services, psychosocial screening and support, palliative care and rehabilitation. They also identified cancer research including patients’ views as highly important. Workshops during the 3rd European Roundtable Meeting (ERTM) covered the issues transparency in patient care, implementation of new knowledge and decision making in partnership with the patient.


It was concluded that patient views and perspectives have to be considered during the whole continuum of cancer care. Access to treatment, transparency and including patients into the development process are relevant aspects.


National Cancer Control Plan Cancer care Patient perspective Shared decision making Transparency Access to cancer care Cancer research 


Author contribution

OO, WR and UH have contributed to manuscript writing, editing.

List of ERTM participants

Prof. Dr. Josep M. Borras, (Director, Catalan Cancer Plan, Spain); Anke Bramesfeld, (Scientific/Technical Project Officer, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health Policy Support Unit, Healthcare Quality Team, Italy); Dr. Johannes Bruns, (Secretary-General, German Cancer Society (DKG), Germany); Prof. Dr. Jan-Willem Coebergh, (form. Director, Department of Public Health Erasmus Institute, Netherlands); Prof. Dr. Francesco de Lorenzo, (President of the European Cancer Patient Coalition, Belgium/European Union); David H.-U. Haerry, (European Aids Treatment Group, Belgium/European Union); Prof. Dr. Michael Hallek, (Director and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany); Dr. Ulrike Helbig, (General Manager of the Section A, International Coordination, German Cancer Society, Germany); Joan Kelly, (Past President of the Association of European Cancer Leagues, Belgium/European Union); PD Dr. Monika Klinkhammer-Schalke, (Managing Board Member, ADT, Germany); Dr. Christoph Kowalski, (Research Coordination Certification, German Cancer Society (DKG), Germany); Prof. Dr. Margarete Landenberger (a.D., Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Medical Faculty of Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany); Dr. Katrin Mugele, (Press Officer, German Cancer Society (DKG), Germany); Dr. Alice Nennecke, (Cancer Registry Hamburg, Institute of Health and Consumer Protection Hamburg, Germany); Prof. Dr. Olaf Ortmann, (Vice-President, German Cancer Society (DKG), Germany); Prof. Dr. Ulrik Ringborg, (Director Cancer Center Karolinska, Sweden); Dr. Wiebke Rösler, (Global Resources Manager, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland/Global); Hilde Schulte, (Former President, Frauenselbsthilfe nach Krebs, Haus der Krebs-Selbsthilfe-Bundesverband, Germany); Dr. Wendy Yared, (Director of the Association of European Cancer Leagues, Brussels/European Union).

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Conflict of interest

Authors U. Helbig M.D., W. Rösler and O. Ortmann M.D. declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Ortmann
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • W. Rösler
    • 2
  • U. Helbig
    • 1
  • for the participants of the ERTM
  1. 1.German Cancer SocietyBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity Medical Center RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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