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Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Feb;122:164-178. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2017.12.020. Epub 2018 Jan 2.

ECCO essential requirements for quality cancer care: Melanoma.

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European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO); Department of Surgery, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO); Department of Oncology, CHUV, University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG); Department of Surgery/Department of Medical Oncology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
European School of Oncology (ESO), Milan, Italy.
European Society of Radiology (ESR); Department of Radiology, National Cancer Institute Fondazione Pascale, Naples, Italy.
Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL); Euromelanoma, European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV); Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Erasme Hospital, ULB, Brussels, Belgium.
European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM); Department of Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) and Nuclear Medicine, San Pedro Hospital and Centre for Biomedical Research of La Rioja (CIBIR), University of La Rioja, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain.
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO); Radiation Oncology Department, Institut Curie, Paris, France.
International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS); ATRIUM: Psycho-Oncology & Clinical Psychology, Madrid, Spain.
European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE); Pediatric Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy.
European Association of Dermato Oncology (EADO); Dermatology Department, Elias University Hospital, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania.
European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (ESOP); Pharmacy Department, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Giessen, Germany.
Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI); National Institute of Oncology, Budapest, Hungary.
Ocular Oncology Group (OOG); Department of Ophthalmology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
European Society of Pathology (ESP); Division of Pathological Anatomy, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.
European Society of Skin Cancer Prevention (EUROSKIN); Elbe-Klinikum Buxtehude, Buxtehude, Germany.
Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI); Cambridge Cancer Centre, Cambridge, UK.
Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE); Clinic for Radiology, Minimally-Invasive Therapies and Nuclear Medicine, SLK-Clinics Heilbronn, Karl-Ruprecht-University of Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Germany.
European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS); Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil, Lisbon, Portugal.
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC); Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute - Oncology Center, Warsaw, Poland.
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC); Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Palliative Care, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
European CanCer Organisation, Brussels, Belgium.
European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) Patient Advisory Committee; Melanoma Patient Network Europe; Paris, France.
Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL); Pirkanmaa Cancer Society, Tampere, Finland.
European CanCer Organisation (ECCO); Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Electronic address:



ECCO essential requirements for quality cancer care (ERQCC) are explanations and descriptions of challenges, organisation and actions that are necessary to give high-quality care to patients who have a specific type of cancer. They are written by European experts representing all disciplines involved in cancer care. ERQCC papers give oncology teams, patients, policymakers and managers an overview of the elements needed in any healthcare system to provide high quality of care throughout the patient journey. References are made to clinical guidelines and other resources where appropriate, and the focus is on care in Europe.


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALITY CARE: CONCLUSION: Taken together, the information presented in this paper provides a comprehensive description of the essential requirements for establishing a high-quality service for melanoma. The ERQCC expert group is aware that it is not possible to propose a 'one size fits all' system for all countries, but urges that access to multidisciplinary teams and specialised treatments is guaranteed to all patients with melanoma.


Audit; Cancer centre; Cancer unit; Care pathways; Essential requirements; Europe; Guidelines; Health inequalities; Healthcare system; Melanoma; Multidisciplinary; Multidisciplinary team; Organisation of care; Patient information; Patient-centred; Quality; Quality assurance

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