Cancer Core Europe: A first step towards a virtual cancer institute in Europe?

“During the last decades, we have witnessed remarkable advances in basic cancer research as well as related disciplines. These developments together with the advent of novel and powerful technologies have provided new opportunities for delineating innovative clinical research strategies. However, implementation of translational research discoveries in the clinical setting in order to improve cancer care is a main challenge today due to the ever increasing cancer problem. By and large, translation of laboratory discoveries into better outcomes for patients takes many years to complete, and within the European Union (EU) this has to some extend been exacerbated by the lack of a unified vision and strategy for fighting the disease(s) in partnership, especially in today's era of personalised/stratified cancer medicine. The dearth of coordination at European, national, and regional levels has led to a fragmentation of efforts, priorities, funding sources, and regulations.”