Romania, which will take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1, 2019, will support the idea of developing a joint European plan to fight against cancer, because all European patients have the right to equal treatment, Romania's Health Minister Sorina Pintea told the European Cancer Forum on "Changing the Future of Cancer on Europe" in Brussels, on Tuesday.
According to a press statement released by the Health Ministry, at least two of Romania's goals in that period are related to this issue - patients' access to medicines and patient mobility.
Pintea added that the national targets for the fight against cancer coincide with those of all European countries, and they reference primary and secondary prevention, screening, and equal access to treatment for patients.
"Romania has been conducting a cervical cancer detection programme since 2012; it has been implementing a national programme for the treatment of oncological patients since 2002. In 2018, the screening infrastructure has been consolidated by the acquisition on European funds of eight mobile units for early detection of cervical cancer. We started implementing seven screening programmes on European funds and partly completed the purchase of equipment and devices needed to equip the centres making up the national radiotherapy network. Also in 2018, we have introduced 14 new molecules for the treatment of oncological patients, and now Romania provides 126 molecules for treating cancer patients for free," Pintea told the opening of the event.