Who we are

The ESTRO Cancer Foundation (ECF) was launched by ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology) in 2012: our goal is to ensure that every cancer patient has access to appropriate and personalised cancer care.

 

The number of cancer patients in Europe in 2020 will reach around 3 million, more than 50% of which will need a treatment that includes radiotherapy: the ECF makes sure that radiotherapy helps more and more patients every year, and that all these patients have access to radiotherapy.

 

The ECF tackles the barriers to patients receiving the radiotherapy treatment they need. Barriers such as lack of resources – in terms of radiotherapy equipment, staff and education – and a lack of knowledge of radiotherapy, contribute to reducing the opportunity for the patients to receive the treatment that best corresponds to their disease, therefore participating to the creation of the gap between the optimal and the current utilisation of radiotherapy in Europe.

We take action to provide optimal radiotherapy treatment: the ECF projects raise awareness and ensure understanding of radiotherapy; they facilitate research and make the scientific data accessible and understandable to everyone.

Our mission

The Foundation’s objective is to promote radiation oncology, support professional development, provide medical education, and boost research in the field of radiation oncology.

Our goals

To ensure that every cancer patient has access to the appropriate and personalised cancer care, the ECF tackles the barriers to an optimal provision of radiotherapy.

Barriers such as lack of resources – in terms of radiotherapy equipment, staff and education – and a lack of knowledge of radiotherapy, contribute to reducing the opportunity for the patients to receive the treatment that best corresponds to their disease, therefore participating to the creation of the gap between the optimal and the current utilisation of radiotherapy in Europe.

To reduce this gap, ECF key areas of actions are:

Raising awareness and ensuring understanding of radiotherapy


Creating patient, family, healthcare professionals and community awareness regarding the benefits and importance of radiation oncology is crucial to drive forth its relevance and impact on the treatment of cancer. Decision makers as well need to be made aware of the benefits of radiotherapy and its impact on oncology care.

Facilitating research and ensuring that research is disseminated and accessible


There is a major need for rapid development and uptake of innovative cancer treatments. Radiation oncology is a cornerstone of modern cancer treatment, its impact on survival of cancer - alone or in conjunction with other treatments – is crucial. To help further enhancing the role of radiotherapy as essential part of modern cancer treatment, the ECF aims at the dissemination of research outcomes related to innovative radiation oncology methods and techniques, for the benefit of the patients.

Promoting education to form highly qualified leaders in radiation and oncology


It is estimated that the number of cancer patients in Europe in 2020 will reach around 3 million, more than 50% of which will need a treatment that includes radiotherapy. Education is central: the radiotherapy team is composed of highly skilled healthcare professionals, dealing with the delivery of radiotherapy, the care and the management of the patients.

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