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May 21st, 2021

KPMI director M.Leja gave reports in Moscow

The First Moscow Oncology Forum (2021) took place in Moscow, Russia, on May 17-22.
M.Leja spoke at the forum with a report on the Europe’s Beating Cancer plan and the recommendations of the European Commission's Cancer Mission Council, at the same time informing the audience about the progress of the GISTAR study.

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April 30th, 2021

European Cancer Research Summit will take place on May 3!

All interested parties are invited to participate in the European Cancer Research Summit 2021, organized by the Portuguese Ministry of Technology and Higher Education and the Ministry of Health, which will take place online on 3 May this year in Porto, Portugal.

Please see below:
* Porto Declaration on Cancer Research 
* Agenda of the summit
* Invitation to the summit

More information and registration for the summit: 
https://ipoporto.pt/evento/european-cancer-research-summit-2021/

For more information about the summit, please contact Teresa Tavares (teresa.tavares@mctes.gov.pt). 

February 3rd, 2021

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care

Today, on the eve of World Cancer Day, the European Commission unveils a Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan sets out a new EU approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care, with new technologies, research and innovation as a starting point. It will address all stages of disease management, from prevention to quality of life for those affected, focusing on actions where the EU can bring the greatest added value. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan will be supported by actions ranging from employment, education, social policy and equality to marketing, agriculture, energy, environment and climate, transport, cohesion policy and taxation.

The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan is structured around four main areas of action and includes 10 flagship initiatives and a number of support actions. The plan will be implemented through all Commission funding instruments, of which € 4 billion is earmarked for action to combat cancer, including the EU for Health, Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programs.

Marcis Leja, European Commission Cancer Mission Council Expert, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and Head of the Science Department of Riga East Clinical University Hospital: “The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and the European Commission Cancer Mission Council Recommendations are closely coordinated. research in oncology and in Europe and in each European Member State are inextricably linked and a priority. Both documents place a strong emphasis on equality, in the broadest sense: reducing inequalities between European Member States, within each Member State, and, in all areas, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and equal opportunities for doctors and researchers in Europe.

One of the important steps to be taken by 2025 is the establishment of a functional network of comprehensive cancer centers across Europe, which also calls for the establishment of such a center in each EU Member State. At least 90% of the country's population must have access to the services provided by such a center. The Europe's Beating Cancer Plan also sets high standards for quality cancer screening and the digitization of oncology.”

More information is available HERE.

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan 

Annex to the Communication on a Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

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December 15th, 2020

Commission welcomes political agreement on Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme

The Commission welcomes the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on Horizon Europe, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The new EU research and innovation programme will have a budget of around €95.5 billion for 2021-2027 (current prices). This includes €5.4 billion (current prices) from NextGenerationEU to boost our recovery and make the EU more resilient for the future, as well as an additional reinforcement of €4.5 billion (current prices). This represents a 30% increase vis-à-vis the current research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020 (comparing Horizon Europe against Horizon 2020 for EU27, in constant prices) and makes it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world.

Press release HERE.

More information HERE

December 3rd, 2020

The conference, organized by Poland, emphasizes the role of research in cancer care

Today, a virtual conference on the European Cancer Plan and the benefits of its implementation in European Member States, especially in the worse performing Member States, is taking place in a virtual environment.
Representatives of the European Commission, iPAAC Joint European Activities, representatives of the EC Cancer Mission, as well as leading Polish oncology experts spoke at the conference.
The role of research in cancer care was emphasized, as well as the importance of infrastructure and financial investment.

John Ryan, from the European Commission's DG SANTE, described the main areas of cancer in Europe:
1) Prevention
2) Early diagnosis (incl. Screening, also reduction of inequality)
3) Diagnosis and treatment
4) Quality of life (cancer patients and survivors)

Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, mentioned Latvia as the country with the worst survival of cancer patients compared to other EU countries.

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November 30th, 2020

At the virtual summit looks for ways to improve colorectal cancer screening

A virtual conference of the European patients' organization "Digestive Cancers Europe " - "Colorectal Cancer Screening Summit – Together Driving Change and Saving Lives", is taking place online today to find ways to improve colorectal cancer screening.

Unlike Slovenia, Latvia appears to be among the countries where screening has not been successful.

Discussions in Panel 5 "What can the European Union do?" Ivars Ijabs, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament's Special Committee on Beating Cancer, also had a speech.
Ivars Ijabs represented the opinion of the European Parliament at the conference, emphasizing the need to establish an accredited comprehensive Cancer Center in each European country, stimulating digitization in oncology and cancer screening.

"Digestive Cancers Europe" is also represented in Latvia.

* What is "Digestive Cancers Europe"?
- 32 Associations in Europe

- At European level "Digestive Cancers Europe" (DICE) represents the digestive cancer patientcommunity diagnosted with cancer of the oesophagus. stomach, pancreas, colon, rectum, liver and other rare digestive cancers
- Represent the 900,000 people who get a diagnosis of digestive cancer every year in Europe, as well as the 1,5 million digestive cancer survivors. 
- Represent the families of the 600,00 patients who die every year from digestive cancers.

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November 26th, 2020

Online HEALTH DATA SUMMIT RIGA 2020 "Toward Data-Driven Health: Sharing is Caring"

The summit will focus on patient-centered care and the growing pressure to manage access, quality and costs. We aim to explore how technology and quality data can be used to benefit the relationship between patients and doctors, improve health outcomes and make health systems more effective. The summit will be joined by high-level decision makers, practitioners, patients, industry leaders and founders of health start-ups from around the globe.

The invitation to the summit is available HERE.

The live broadcast is available on https://www.healthdatasummitriga.eu/livestream/

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November 25th, 2020

Invites to the Online-Workshop "Principles of successful patient engagement in cancer research"

Workshop will be held on December 10, 2020 | 9:30 am-1:00 pm.

Within the framework of the German EU Council Presidency, the research ministers from Germany, Portugal and Slovenia adopted the Declaration "Europe: Together Against Cancer" on 13 October 2020. The ministers met at the research policy conference "Europe: Unite against Cancer", organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), to discuss common ways to strengthen European cancer research.
The active engagement of patients in cancer research is a major concern of the Trio Council Presidency Germany/Portugal/Slovenia 2020-21 and has been highlighted in the declaration. It is of great importance that patients are more closely involved in cancer research and that they can help shape research projects from the very beginning. In order to support this important process, the BMBF has launched an initiative to make patient involvement in cancer research the standard in Europe.
Following an initial brainstorming process, the BMBF started a first exchange with international patient representatives, cancer researchers and scientists engaged in participatory research on 14 October 2020. This meeting resulted in a first draft of a statement on the "Principles of Successful Patient Engagement in Cancer Research". 
These principles are now to be discussed and sharpened in an online workshop with a broader range of stakeholders.

The final statement will be published by mid-2021 and will be the basis for a roadmap process aimed at strengthening the implementation of active patient engagement in cancer research throughout Europe.

Please register by 29 November 2020 at workshop@dlr.de using the PDF form attached.
 
Please find the agenda of the seminar HERE.
More information on seminar - HERE

The information is also available at https://www.dekade-gegen-krebs.de/de/staerkung-der-patientenbeteiligung-in-der-krebsforschung-2336.html

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November 13th, 2020

Conference "Horizon Europe: the UNIBO strategy for the Mission Cancer"

Today, M. Leja, Director of the LU KPMI, spoke at the conference "Horizon Europe: the UNIBO strategy for the Mission Cancer" at the University of Bologna, Italy, with a report on the current issues of the Cancer Mission on Cancer Screening and Comprehensive Cancer Infrastructure.

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In the picture: Participants are addressed by Professor Antonino Rotolo, Vice-Rector of the University of Bologna

November 12th, 2020

European Cancer Summit 2020

The European Cancer Summit will take place on November 18-19, with the slogan this year "Working Together Against Cancer: Breaking Down Barriers & Saving Lives". 

This year’s European Cancer Summit, with best-ever line up of speakers and a programme focused on the most important topics in cancer for a wide-ranging discussion - just a few weeks before Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is due to be announced in early December. Together will be brought leading oncology experts, patient advocates, politicians and policy-makers to discuss the main issues impacting cancer policy, for the benefit of cancer patients, healthcare professionals and all people across Europe. 

The virtual European Cancer Summit 2020 will be a lively event, allowing interaction and networking between the delegates and speakers (as well as with each other!).

Everyone interested is invited in attending the European Cancer Summit 2020 to register HERE.

More information on Summit - HERE

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November 9th, 2020

The annual conference of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is taking place

At the ECL’s 40th Annual Conference cancer research and treatment in Europe was discussed.

European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the fight against cancer was one of Europe's priorities, and she spoke about both the Mission for Cancer and the Europe's beating cancer plan.

Representatives of Latvia also participated in the conference as listeners - both cancer researchers and representatives of cancer patients' organizations.

It was critically noted at the conference that the Latvian Cancer Registry has not operated in Latvia during the last 2 years.

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Attēlā: Konferencē Eiropas komisāre Stella Kyriakides

October 30, 2020

The European Commission appreciates the initiative to address the painful oncology issues

The European Commission has highly appreciated the Association of Oncology Patients "Onkoalianse" initiative in Latvia to address the painful issues related to oncology, for which a reply letter has been received on behalf of the European Commissioner (Irene Norstedt) and the Chair of the Cancer Mission Council (Walter Riccardi).

The letter can be viewed HERE.

October 22, 2020

LU KPMI has prepared a structural reform support application "Towards comprehensive cancer care and well-governed cancer screening in Latvia"

The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia has prepared an application to the European Commission 's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) "Towards comprehensive cancer care and well-governed cancer screening in Latvia".

The support is requested for strategic planning and justification of structural reforms in cancer care and cancer prevention in Latvia following the principles defined by the Europe’s Beating cancer plan (currently under the final stage of development), Recommendations of the Cancer Mission Board and EU Joint actions (CanCon and iPAAC) as well as EU expert recommendations in the particular areas of care.

When evaluating project applications, DG REFORM will pay particular attention to the relevance of project applications to EU priorities, the recommendations of the European Semester and national reform priorities.

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October 21, 2020

Presentation on Horizon Europe by the European Commission

The European Commission shared in early October the state of play on streamlining the numerous paper-based or electronically managed model grant agreements (MGAs). The new Corporate MGA for use as from 2021 harmonises the contractual models and guidance for all post-2020 programmes such as Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, Erasmus+, and many others. The Commission is also piloting a streamlined audit process and aims to strengthen the exploitation and dissemination of Horizon Europe outcomes.

More information: HERE.

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October 14, 2020

 Final Mission outline is ready

We invite everyone to read the full text of the European Mission Board for Cancer final report​!

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October 9, 2020

The European Cancer Mission recomendations attracts the attention of European research infrastructures

BBMRI, EATRIS, ECRIN and ELIXIR publish statement on Horizon Europe cancer mission.

Every European citizen is affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. That is why the new Cancer Mission, promoted by the European Commission in the context of Horizon Europe, will be crucial to develop new solutions to fight the disease.

On the 22nd September, a high level group of experts, produced a report to define the main objectives of the Horizon Europe Cancer Mission. BBMRI, EATRIS, ECRIN and ELIXIR came together and produced a statement that builds up on the reports’ acknowledgment that European research infrastructures must be involved in the implementation of the mission.

Statement explains more in detail what we can do for the mission and for the European cancer research community.

The statement can be read HERE.

More information HERE.

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October 8, 2020

Europe's beating cancer plan: Bridging the gap in breast cancer care 

To mark the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Transforming Breast Cancer Together members would like to shed light on the challenges and often invisible realities of living with early and advanced breast cancer. During the event, we aim to present recent studies and ongoing initiatives focused on addressing the unmet needs in early and advanced breast cancer care, raise awareness around the burden of the disease and facilitate the discussion with EU stakeholders and policymakers about the daily challenges patients face. Also, we will discuss how Europe's Beating Cancer Plan can bring yet better outcomes to European patients, their families and society.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women in Europe. Despite recent advancements, disparities in treatment and care between and within EU countries remain. Breast cancer still represents a major threat to European citizens and society as it has a profound social and emotional impact, and is also a huge personal and professional burden for patients, survivors and their families. However, numerous issues and challenges of living with early and advanced breast cancer are not well recognised by the general public and policymakers.

Register for the event HERE.

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September 23, 2020

At Latvian Radio 1 program "Afternoon" tells what recommendations will have to be implemented in Latvia to fight cancer

In connection with the published final report of the European Mission Board for Cancer, which summarizes 13 recommendations for the fight against cancer, which are binding on all EU member states, including Latvia, Professor Mārcis Leja, Director of our Institute and Member of the European Cancer Mission Council, explained what recommendations for the fight against cancer will have to be implemented in Latvia.

Recording of the broadcast - HERE.

September 23, 2020

Latvia becomes bound by the 13 recommendations of the European Mission Board for Cancer

After more than a year of work by an expert group and four months of public consultation with the responsible institutions, specialists and citizens of the European Union (EU) Member States, the final report of the European Mission Board for Cancer has been published. It contains 13 recommendations for the fight against cancer, which are binding on all EU member states, including Latvia.

The European Mission Board for Cancer is one of the five European research and innovation missions. Its main goal is to save more than 3 million lives by 2030 and promote a longer and better life for all cancer patients. Professor of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia, Marcis Leja, has also participated in the development of recommendations in the Council of the European Mission Board for Cancer.

"In the coming years, the fight against premature mortality from malignancies will be the focus of the whole European Commission, and significant additional resources will be allocated to achieve the goals. So far, Latvia has more or less formally complied with European recommendations, but there has been a lack of strategically planned and purposeful activities. Although many improvements have been made and large investments have been made in the industry, in general our country looks pathetic among other European countries: Cancer registry data are not available, cancer screening does not meet any European quality criteria, Latvia is one of the few European countries without an accredited cancer center, lacks strategic plan to reduce the number of malignant tumors in the next period. The planned and pragmatic implementation of the recommendations of the expert group of the European Mission Board for Cancer could significantly improve the situation in Latvia from the current status of a failure to the example of European excellence, ”comments prof. Marics Leja.

Latvia was one of the two EU member states, where the collection of the population's opinion on issues related to malignant diseases was organized; a group of more than 50 people was randomly selected for this purpose. The population of our country saw the underused opportunities in preventing premature cancer deaths by activating smoking cessation measures, improving screening, implementing educational activities in schools and organizing various campaigns, digitizing the industry, as well as improving the organization (accredited comprehensive cancer center).

On August 21, a public discussion "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia" took place in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia, with the participation of cancer patient organizations, doctors and health policy makers. Summarizing the views expressed during the discussion, the Latvian Association of Oncology Patients' Organizations “Onkoalianse” and the Latvian Parliament Support Group for Cancer Patients sent official letters confirming their position to the Council of the European Mission Board for Cancer and the European Commission Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kirjakid.

We invite everyone to read the full text of the European Mission Board for Cancer final report on the European Commission's website.

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September 8, 2020

The letters emphasize the 13 recommendations of the European Mission Board for Cancer and their implementation in Latvia

The Latvian Association of Oncology Patient Organizations "Onkoalianse" has sent a letter to the Ministry of Finance “On proposals for the European Union Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund 2021–2027 operational program for the annual programming period". It pays special attention to the 13 recommendations of the European Mission Board for Cancer and their implementation in Latvia.

Letters can be viewed here:

Letter 1

Letter 2

Letter 3

September 7, 2020

Interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer

We invite you to read the Interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer "Conquering Cancer: Mission possible" - a comprehensive information material on the European Mission Board for Cancer and its  13 recommendations.

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September 5, 2020

Insight into the 13 recommendations of the European Commission's Cancer Mission Council

Let's get acquainted with the current events of the European Cancer Mission!

A brief description of the European Cancer Mission news and 13 recommendations developed by the European Cancer Mission Council are available HERE.

A more detailed explanation of the 13 recommendations- HERE.

September 4, 2020

Get involved! Let's fulfill our EU missions!

Our #EUMissions aim to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face – conquering cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting oceans, ensuring healthy soil & food, and living in greener cities.
Mission Impossible? With your input, we don’t think so!
http://missions-get-involved.ec.europa.eu

#EUMissions

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September 3, 2020

High-level conference on improving cancer care in Europe

The German Cancer Research Center and the German Federal Ministry of Health are organizing a high-level conference on "Improving Cancer Care in Europe" on September 3. The discussion focuses on digital transformation issues, including precision medicine, cancer care in COVID-19, and European solidarity and equity in cancer care. At the opening of the conference, Prof. Michael Baumann, director of the German Cancer Research Center, emphasized the importance of the European Cancer Plan and the European Cancer Mission. 

More information about the conference HERE

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August 25, 2020

The public discussion defines the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients both at the local and European Union level

On Friday, August 21, cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other stakeholders participated in a discussion aimed at identifying current problems for Latvian cancer patients in the context of the 13 recommendations for beating cancer developed by the European Cancer Mission Council.

The discussion served as a platform for the exchange of views, facilitating dialogue between all parties involved. Everyone present had the opportunity to share their experiences, express their views and be heard.

The views and positions expressed after the discussion will be summarized, which will allow defining the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. A written document confirming the common position of Latvian cancer patients' organizations will be sent to both the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. Thus, significant steps will be taken in promoting public health and defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients at both the national and international levels.

In cooperation with the Latvian Association of Oncology Patient Organizations "Onkoalianse", it is planned to prepare two letters defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients.

In order to be able to find long-term and sustainable solutions, it is necessary to promote joint dialogue and establish feedback with Latvian cancer patients and organizations representing their interests.

On the Zoom platform, 20 participants had joined the discussion, but on the spot - 46.

The event in photos can be seen HERE.

Watch  discussion record HERE.

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August 24, 2020 

Invites to a population survey event! Get involved in beating cancer, because cancer affects us all! 

Your opinion is important! What is important to you? Which actions do you think are most important in the fight against cancer? Your feedback board will use it to adjust the plan. Let's join forces, because together we will beat cancer better!

That's why on August 28, he joined the Cancer Mission Council's conversation on Twitter #MissionCancer #EUmissions #HorizonEU.

Healthy people want to stay healthy, patients and their families fighting cancer benefit from better therapy, cancer patients expect a better quality of life after treatment, and better support for carers is needed. Health and well-being are the concern of us all. 

Follow the latest developments on the site:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe-next-research-and-innovation-frameworkprogramme/missions-horizon-europe_en!

More information is available HERE

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August 22, 2020

EU missions - cancer. VIDEO MATERIAL!

Cancer affects everyone, regardless of age, gender or social status, and is a huge burden on patients, families and society as a whole. By pooling efforts across Europe, more people would live without cancer, more cancer patients would be diagnosed earlier, they would suffer less and they would have a better quality of life after treatment.

Watch the video on the work of European missions HERE!

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/mission-cancer

#EUmissions #MissionCancer

All Mission videos have UE local languages subtitles uploaded to YouTube. To enable them you need to pick “settings” in the bottom right corner of the video and select the language.

August 22, 2020

Let's fulfill our EU missions! VIDEO MATERIAL!

Partly inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to get people to the moon, European missions aim to find solutions to some of our biggest global challenges.

Watch the video on the work of European missions HERE!

Participate now: https: //ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-eur ...

#EUmissions #HorizonEU

All Mission videos have UE local languages subtitles uploaded to YouTube. To enable them you need to pick “settings” in the bottom right corner of the video and select the language.

August 21, 2020

Today there will be a public discussion "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia"

Today, August 21, at 16.00 Cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other interested parties will take part in the discussion with the aim to identify current problems for Latvian cancer patients in the context of the 13 recommendations for combating cancer developed by the European Cancer Mission Council. It will be possible to participate in the discussion remotely, and a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission, Director of the LU KPMI, Professor Mārcis Leja will make a presentation.

The event will be opened a representative of the management of the University of Latvia, as well as the acting head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia Andris Kužnieks. This will be followed by a presentation by Professor Mārcis Leja, a representative of the European Cancer Mission Council and the Director of the LU KPMI, in which special attention will be paid to the most important recommendations developed by the European Cancer Mission Council for Latvian cancer patients. Harijs Gals, founder of the Association of Lung Cancer Patients and Relatives, founder of the organization "Onaliance" will share his opinion, and Olga Valcina, founder of the organization "On the Front of Melanoma", founder of the organization "Onaliance", will give a presentation. At the end of the first part of the event, Evita Zālīte-Grosa, the head of the group of deputies for oncology patient support, a member of the Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Saeima and a deputy of the 13th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, will express her opinion.

In the second part of the event, both face-to-face and remote participants will participate in the discussion. The expressed opinions and expressed positions will allow to define the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. The findings and conclusions of the discussion will serve as a basis for the development and transmission of a document confirming the common position to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. "In order to find long-term and sustainable solutions, it is necessary to promote joint dialogue and feedback with Latvian cancer patients and organizations representing their interests," emphasizes Professor Mārcis Leja, a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission and the director of the LU KPMI.

On August 21 from from 16.00 to 19.00 we invite media representatives and everyone interested to a public discussion dedicated to the European Cancer Mission:

in person, in the main building of the University of Latvia, Great Hall, 19 Raina Boulevard, Riga

or by registering for remote participation in the ZOOM platform: https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija and watching the live broadcast on the website of the University of Latvia https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija_tiesraide or on the Facebook page of the University of Latvia https://www.facebook.com/latvijasuniversitate/

The discussion is organized by the University of Latvia in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia invites to the event.

August 20, 2020

"Morning Panorama"  - LU KPMI director, representative of the of the Council of the European Cancer Mission

In anticipation of the public discussion "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia" on August 20, the University of Latvia has invited the director of KPMI, the representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission Council Marcis Leja.

DISCUSSION "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia"
WHEN? August 21 at 16:00
WHERE? University of Latvia (LU), Great Hall

WHO ORGANIZES?

European Commission Representation in Latvia

University of Latvia

INVITES - Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine

SUPPORT - SIA Roche Latvija

INFORMATIC SUPPORTER - SIA "Divi gani sabiedriskās attiecības" 

OBJECTIVE OF THE MEASURE - to identify current problems of Latvian cancer patients and to discuss the 13 recommendations for combating cancer developed by the Council of the European Cancer Mission.

The interview with M.Leja can be viewed HERE.

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August 18, 2020

A public debate on the European Cancer Mission will be held

On August 21, the University of Latvia (UL) and the European Commission Representation in Latvia are organizing a public discussion dedicated to the European Cancer Mission. Its aim is to identify current problems for Latvian cancer patients and to discuss the 13 recommendations for beating cancer developed by the Council of the European Cancer Mission. Cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other stakeholders are invited to participate.

The discussion will serve as a platform for the exchange of views, promoting dialogue between all parties involved and allowing to set the main tasks for the promotion of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. Participation in the discussion will allow everyone present to share their experiences, express their views and be heard. After that, a written document confirming the common position of Latvian cancer patients' organizations will be sent to both the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. Thus, significant steps will be taken in promoting public health and defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients at both the national and international levels. The European Cancer Mission is one of five European research and innovation missions and is part of the Horizon Europe Framework Program, which will be launched in 2021.

The event will be opened by the Rector of the University of Latvia Indriķis Muižnieks and the Acting Head of the European Commission Representation Andris Kužnieks. The part of the discussion will be introduced by the presentation of the Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and the representative of Latvia in the Council of the European Cancer Mission, Professor Mārcis Leja, with special emphasis on recommendations for Latvian cancer patients. "Several of the recommendations made by the Council of the European Cancer Mission concern the protection of patients' interests. In the Latvian context, it is important to ensure and promote equality among all patients. This can be achieved by improving screening programs, as well as by establishing accredited cancer centers in Latvia. However, the main goal of the discussion is to get feedback from Latvian cancer patients' organizations and inform the European Commission about the most significant findings”, explains Mārcis Leja, a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission and Professor of the University of Latvia.

The discussion will take place on August 21 in the main building of the University of Latvia, in the Great Hall, 19 Raina Boulevard, from 16:00 - 19:00. It will also be possible to join remotely, a link will be sent to registered participants by e-mail shortly before the event.

You can apply for the discussion in person or remotely here: https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija

Programe of the discussion is available HERE.

The discussion is organized by the University of Latvia in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia invites to the event.

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August 17, 2020

 The task - to beat cancer! Country overview: Latvia

Every year, 2.6 million people in the 27 countries of the European Union are diagnosed with cancer. Nearly three-quarters of all tumors diagnosed are in people over the age of 60, but cancer affects people of all ages. If nothing changes, the number of cancer cases in Europe will increase by 25% in 15 years.

What is the situation in Latvia?

Care for cancer patients is improving. Between 2000 and 2014, life expectancy after diagnosis of certain cancers increased or exceeded the EU average. More testing and lifestyle changes are important to prevent new cases.

More information is available HERE

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August 16, 2020

 Get involved in beating cancer, because cancer affects us all! Your participation is important!

Healthy people want to stay healthy, patients and their families fighting cancer benefit from better therapy, cancer patients expect a better quality of life after treatment, and better support for carers is needed. Health and well-being are the concern of us all.

More information is available HERE.

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August 15, 2020

 The interim report of the Cancer Mission is available for public consultation

The published interim report of the European Commission's Cancer Mission with a total of 13 recommendations "Mission Possible: Conquering cancer" is available for public consultation. 

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August 14, 2020

 Work is under way to develop a European plan to fight cancer

Cancer is one of the European Commission's top health priorities. The European Commission has set up an expert group, the Cancer Mission and the Cancer Mission Assembly. Work is under way to develop a European plan to beat cancer, which was included in the political priorities of European Commission President Urzula von der Leiena.

Read more about the European Commission's current fight against cancer HERE.

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August 13, 2020

 European Code against Cancer

Please read the current information on the European Code against Cancer!

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August 12, 2020

The letter of support emphasizes the role of the recommendations of the Mission Board for Cancer in the situation in our country

The European Commission's Mission Board for Cancer received a letter of support from the Latvian Saeima Group for the support for oncology patients for the mission's recommendations, emphasizing in particular the role of recommendations 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the situation in our country.

Full document can be viewed HERE.

August 4, 2020

The latest news on the activities of the European Commission's Cancer Mission

Cancer Mission video is now on-line on Youtube.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/mission-cancer #EUmissions #MissionCancer

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June 25, 2020

Reports of independent experts from five European Commission Mission Councils have been published

The European Commission has set up a mission council in 5 topical areas of research and action. 6/25/2020 The reports of the independent experts of the five European Commission Mission Boards have been published.

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February 17th, 2020

The creation of a Unified Cancer Centre is under discussion in Brussels

The first joint meeting of the EC Cancer Mission Council and the Assembly of this mission took place in Brussels, 14 February, to discuss actions to be taken in the strategic planning documents.

Members of the Assembly, leaders and members of many of the leading European organizations in the field of oncology, had prepared a number of recommendations and additions to the documents produced by the Mission Council.

Activities include many potential issues for Latvia, such as the establishment and accreditation of a national Unified Cancer Center (currently one of the six EU countries where such accreditation does not exist), ensuring the availability of a cancer screening system that meets European quality criteria, etc.

As an unprecedented negative example of the EU, all participants of the meeting were publicly referred to the Latvian-Estonian alcohol tax fight.

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January 24th, 2020

New EU Beating Cancer Plan outlined in Brussels Oncology Meeting

A joint meeting of the "Horizon 2020" Programme Committee and Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases is taking place today in the European Commission building in Brussels. During the session was analyzed the survey of resources invested in cancer research by EU Member States, outlined the new EU Beating Cancer Plan and gaved a brief overview of the activities of the EU Cancer Mission. At the meeting Latvia is represented by the Ministry of Health and Education, the National Agency for Education and Development, as well as members of the Program Committee, including director of KPMI M.Leja.  

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December 13th, 2019

Representatives of Latvia are not applied for the activities of the European Cancer Mission

The second meeting of the Cancer Mission set up by the European Commission with representatives of EU Member States takes place in Brussels. Two representatives from each Member State are invited to familiarize themselves with the work of the Cancer Mission, to organize it in the interest of the Member States, and to make recommendations for joint European action on the development of national cancer programs.
Almost all EU Member States are represented at the meeting (with rare exceptions - Latvia).
The representatives of Latvia are not applied for this strategic meeting, neither for the aforementioned joint European activity.

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October 16th, 2019

Published Mission - oriented policy for Horizon Europe

The Mission-oriented policy for Commission's forthcoming science program Horizon Europe is published on the European Commission's website.

This is an approach to policy-making which means setting defined goals, with specific targets and working to achieve them in a set time

More information see HERE.

September 26th, 2019

Mission-based science is debated in Brussels

On September 24-26 the Science and Innovation (R&I) Day is takeing place in Brussels, although Latvia is not well represented. During these days, the European Commission (EC) also officially launched a new form of action - mission-based science, already known in other parts of the world, but first introduced at European Union level.

According to Jean Eric Paquet, Director General of R&I, missions are not just science, but their mission is to bring science into a way that is understandable, usable and recognizable to the public. Leading experts from the EC also understand that missions for Europe are not only a completely new form of operation, but also a difficult and potential form of risk.
A total of five missions have been set up to address the EC's identified hot topics - Clean Cities, Clean Oceans, Clean Environment and Nutrition, Adaptation to Climate Change and the Cancer Mission. The latter is represented by Professor Marcis Leja, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia.
On September 25, on Mission and Science Day representatives met with organizations and practitioners interested in the field. The cooperation of missions with representatives of both the EC and EU Member States will be essential. Recommendations for mission strategy papers can still be submitted electronically by October 4th.

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In the first picture (from left): Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Marianna Mazzucato, Mission Theory Expert, and Jean Eric Paquet, Director General of R&I
In the second picture: Jean Eric Paquet gives a start to the mission

Let's take a look at the establishment of the European Commission's Horizon Europe Cancer Mission

 

In September 2019, the Science and Innovation (R&I) Day is takeing place in Brussels. During these days, the European Commission (EC) also officially launched a new form of action - mission-based science, already known in other parts of the world, but first introduced at European Union level.
The importance of missions is to bring science into a way that is understandable, usable and recognizable to the public.
A total of five missions have been set up to address the EC's identified hot topics - Clean Cities, Clean Oceans, Clean Environment and Nutrition, Adaptation to Climate Change and the Cancer Mission. The latter is represented by Professor Marcis Leja, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia.

In December 2019, the the second meeting of the Cancer Mission set up by the European Commission with representatives of EU Member States takes place in Brussels.

In January 2020 in in Brussels Oncology Meeting outlined the new EU Beating Cancer Plan and gaved a brief overview of the activities of the EU Cancer Mission.

In February 2020, The first joint meeting of the EC Cancer Mission Council and the Assembly of this mission took place in Brussels, to discuss actions to be taken in the strategic planning documents.

Cancer affects everyone regardless of age, gender or social status and represents a tremendous burden for patients, families, and societies at large. By joining efforts across Europe, more people would live without cancer, more cancer patients would be diagnosed earlier, would suffer less and have a better quality of life after treatment.

Partly inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon, the European research and innovation missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world. 

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