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ERS – Roundtable on lung cancer in Europe

On 23 June the European Respiratory Society (ERS) convened a high-level debate on lung cancer research at EU level. Chaired by MEP Professor Philippe Juvin, the event aimed to discuss strategies for how to improve lung cancer prevention, treatment and management at a research and policy level.

Participants were informed about existing EU measures to fight lung cancer, such as the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and legislation on air pollution. Other key points presented including the existing derogations in the Asbestos Regulation, the potential threat of the new Data Protection legislation for medical research and the need for the EU to develop guidelines on lung cancer screening.

To tackle the deadliest cancer in Europe, the EU and the scientific community need to continue working together and guarantee further research, better protection for the citizens from risk factors and provide EU guidelines on early screening. A representative of the EU Commission stated that the EU is aware of the burden of cancer in Europe and that funds will be maintained to help research in this area.

Opening the discussion on the future of lung cancer treatment, different treatment options for lung cancer patients were presented, such as chemotherapy but also the recent targeted therapies and immune therapies. Chair of the ERS Thoracic Oncology Assembly Professor Anne-Pascale Meert, gave an overview of the ongoing ERS HERMES initiative, which aims to improve lung cancer care in Europe by harmonising education of various specialists involved in thoracic oncology.

A lung cancer survivor participating at the event welcomed present and future patient’s involvement in lung cancer treatment and care. Yet, he suggested that more explanation should be given by health professionals to patients on the adverse effects from the treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies etc.) and that more psychological support should be provided.

Find out more about ERS actions on lung cancer:

ERS EU Affairs Secretary Prof Jean-Paul Sculier and MEP Philippe Juvin
Photo courtesy of ERS

Originally posted on 13 July 2015

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