Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care

ASCO and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) share a commitment to the provision of quality cancer care to patients worldwide. Recognizing that resources, financial and otherwise, vary greatly from country to country and that systems for providing medical care are similarly varied, ASCO and ESMO nevertheless believe that healthcare plans should aspire to meet certain common goals to ensure access to, and the continuity of, quality cancer care.

The 10-point ASCO/ESMO Consensus Statement on Quality Cancer Care was created by a task force chaired by Heinz Ludwig, MD, and composed of members of both societies. It was published in 2006 in both the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and the Annals of Oncology.


The official text is the English version of the document. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and correctness of the translation, ASCO does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions.

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