Cancer Core Europe (CCE) is an alliance comprised of seven leading European cancer centers that combine scientific research with patient care. Collectively, CCE’s member centers treat approximately 350,000 patients annually.
CCE centres mainly collaborate across seven different task forces:
- Clinical (immuno-)oncological research.
- Data sharing.
- Education and training.
- Ethical, legal and financial Issues.
Each task force has an appointed Principal Investigato and incorporates members from each centre.
CCE’s five collaborative goals are as follows:
- Identifying challenges.
- Sharing best practices.
- Harmonise procedures.
- Form recommendations.
- Launch new common research projects to reshape the cancer research model and improve cancer health within Europe.
These actions will continue to better guide and inform ongoing and future translational and clinical research projects across Cancer Core Europe.
To work towards an even stronger collaborative network and to give CCE’s task forces a clearer vision, CCE is strengtheningthree main prority areas: the virtual data centre,clinical trials & translational research and education. The work of the task forces should contribute to (one of) these three themes. Respective working groups are currently devising a strategy and work plan on how to implement them within the CCE framework.
The increase of data sharing and exchange within the CCE network will lead to the generation of further research insights. As a network of multiple centres, CCE can obtain more data than each centre would be able to independently. The more data collected and shared, the easier it will become for researchers to indentify trends and risk predictions to improve treatment outcomes and increase cost effectiveness in cancer care. Patterns in research and treatment outcomes can only be found in larger data sets and will therefore only improve if data collection is carried out on a broader scale. For this reason, the proposed digital data centre is of high importance to CCE and thus represents a major priority.
By coordinating clinical trials more centrally, new approaches and treatment trials can be established on a larger scale and with a greater diversity of patients which should lead to improved data collection of results. Increased collaborations and data sharing in clinical trials will ultimately improve patient outcomes and could provide a more detailed and accurate picture for personalised cancer care.
Education focuses on training and educating the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians in pesonalised cancer medicine. The task force contributes to reduce major inequalities in prevention and cancer treatment between countries and regions by disseminating knowledge.
One stop shop
A one-stop shop for research is on the horizon where researchers seek guidance here for “everything” involved in applying for European grants, sharing information, legislation and regulations, financing and project management of translational and clinical research. In addition, a single study can be initiated across the seven member cancer centers (for rare cancers, as an example).