EONS Past-President on equitable, diverse, and inclusive cancer care – EU Parliament

On March 21, 2024, Youth Cancer Europe launched the “Recommendations for Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Cancer Care in Europe” Policy Paper at the European Parliament in Brussels. EONS is proud that our Past-President Johan de Munter was invited to speak at this important event, organised by https://beatcancer.eu/, from the ‘Healthcare Provider’s Perspective’.

Equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) cancer care is paramount in ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, have access to the highest quality of care and support throughout their cancer experience. This approach recognises and embraces the unique needs and challenges faced by different populations and strives to eliminate disparities in cancer outcomes.

Johan said: “As EONS continue to promote excellence in cancer care across Europe, it’s also our goal to promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive care. Cancer nurse professionals stand at the forefront of patient advocacy, support, and education, ensuring that every individual receives the care they deserve regardless of background, circumstance, time, and place.

“In our diverse societies, EDI competence and sensitivity are paramount. By understanding and respecting the unique needs and beliefs of each patient, we can tailor cancer care to provide truly personalized support. Moreover, EONS will continue promoting education on inclusivity, diversity and equitable cancer care to create a healthcare culture where all patients feel safe, heard, and valued.”

In conclusion, Johan explained: “By prioritising and implementing equitable, diverse, and inclusive cancer care, we not only address disparities in cancer outcomes but also promote health equity and social justice. It is essential to recognise and respect the unique experiences and needs of all individuals affected by cancer and work collaboratively to ensure that everyone has access to the care and support they need to live their best possible lives, regardless of their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.”

Please read the recommendation for Equitable, diverse, and inclusive cancer care in Europe by the European Network of Youth Cancer Survivors.