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The OECI is a non-government, non-profit organization founded in Vienna in 1979. The primary objectives of its 68 associated European Cancer Centres are to improve communication and to increase collaborative activities among European cancer institutes. These goals are achieved by promoting and strengthening Comprehensive Cancer Centres in Europe to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, and supporting cancer patients. The OECI leadership has demonstrated its active involvement in the promotion of a European approach to cancer management as a partner with UICC in the series of European Cancer Management Meetings organised with support from the European Union (Antwerp, 2000; Paris 2001).
OECI members are leading Cancer Centres throughout Europe, encompassing the full spectrum of Cancer activities and national considerations.
In order to facilitate the activities of their members and the definition of common programs of international interest and to facilitate the participation in European projects and programs the GEIE-LINC and the OECI in 2001 decided to set-up 9 specific Working Groups active in the following fields:

Guidelines are central to the work of several of the Working Groups with the goal of allowing the whole European oncology community to benefit from common guidelines.

Registration & Data Evaluation
The ultimate goal of the Guidelines is to reduce disparities in outcome throughout Europe which is recorded through registration.

This group shall initially set-out to demonstrate the benefits of economic evaluation studies in cancer care and subsequently examine the cost-effectiveness of different diagnostic, therapeutic or follow-up options in cancer care

Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research
To facilitate the exploitation of research results for patients' benefit.

Building on the experience of partners, this working group aims to promote collaboration towards a common educational approach.
This working group, lead by a communication expert, promotes common projects and the work and achievements of the working groups in collaboration with local and European media.

Telematics & Telemedicine
in daily practice, it is necessary that Comprehensive Cancer Centres (CCC) and all other cancer centres exploit current means of communication. The Group shall also provide tools for patients and the general public to disseminate information about cancer prevention, care and diagnosis.

This group's aim is to develop improved methods of diagnosis, upgrade skills of pathologists through training and exchange of faculty between centres.

New Technologies
this group focuses on new technologies that could be effectively utilised in the fight against cancer, such as aerospace technology.
Each OECI Working Group cover a specific task and is organized with: chairperson, members involved in the field and, for two years, a financial working budget.

After two years at least they need to bring stringent questions or unsolved problems for the best of cancer care and must generate at least a grant application discussed among the association.
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Upcoming Events

  • 1st European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) – Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI)
    Joint Training Course - “Molecular Pathology Approach to Cancer” recommended 13 European CME credits by ACOE
    Amsterdam, March 7th – 9th 2011
    Course Web Site

  • Bilateral Meeting Organisation of European Cancer Institutes - American Association of Cancer Institutes
    “Organization of Comprehensiveness: comparison between OECI and AACI”
    Amsterdam, June 16th 2011

  • Scientific Conference OECI 2011
    “Organization of CCCs: the road map for innovation and the development of personalized cancer medicine”
    Amsterdam, June 17th 2011

  • OECI General Assembly (restricted to OECI Members and Associated Members)
    Amsterdam, June 18th 2011

    Hotel Porto Bay Falesia, Algarve
    September 27 to October 4, 2011

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