Patient Involvement

Patients have gradually become active participants in the clinical research process rather than simply the subjects of cancer research. Thus patient involvement has become an inevitable aspect of the work of EORTC, bringing patients’ perspectives to the development and implementation of clinical trials. Involving patients may enable new and important questions to be considered by researchers, can help improve the quality of lay language documents and answer meaningful scientific questions which are beneficial for both patients and researchers.

In the long run, we hope to raise global awareness of the importance of the patient voice in cancer clinical research, create long-term partnerships, and find balance between academic knowledge and its understanding by patients.