Improving structural development in oncology: transformation of theoretical health care standards and knowledge into a practical approach—2nd European Roundtable Meeting (ERTM), May 8, 2015, Berlin, Germany

  • O. OrtmannEmail author
  • J. Torode
  • U. Helbig
Review – Clinical Oncology



It is widely accepted that National Cancer Control Plans (NCCPs) are essential to improve cancer care. They often describe the structural requirements such as cancer centers, clinical cancer registries and quality control. During the 2nd European roundtable meeting, the implementation processes were analyzed and discussed.


Communication strategies between cancer registries and cancer centers need to be developed. Analyses and discussion of collected data have to be performed by multidisciplinary teams. This has to be followed by appropriate actions to improve quality of care. It is essential to describe the clinical procedures, organizational processes and communication between individuals and professional teams. The patients’ perspectives have to be included in the development of cancer care networks. The patients’ feedback on cancer care is a routine quality indicator.


NCCPs that include the description of structural requirements are important. In addition, it is essential to develop cancer care networks including multidisciplinary organizational processes to guarantee high quality. These have to consider patients preferences.


National cancer control plan Cancer registry Cancer center Implementation Cancer care Interdisciplinary networks Quality of care Patients’ perspective 


Author’s contribution

O. Ortmann, J. Torode, and U. Helbig wrote and edited the manuscripts.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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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

  1. 1.German Cancer SocietyBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Union of International Cancer ControlGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity Medical Center RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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