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An EU Commitment towards UNderstanding CANcer

Implementation plans of two convergent European initiatives, the Horizon Europe Mission Cancer and the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, spur for a European Initiative to UNderstand CANcer (  More precisely, the initiative is one of the 13 specific objectives of the Mission on Cancer and one of the ten flagships of the Europe’s Cancer Beating plan. The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) named “” is planned to generate a blueprint for




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The CSA deliverable is a blueprint for initiative. The global ambition of initiative is to achieve the next breakthrough needed to advance the understanding of cancer mechanisms in order to improve cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, providing a basis for saving millions of European citizens’ lives.

The blueprint for will propose to set up a European Federated Cancer Research data hub and to generate a series of use cases, addressing major challenges in cancer research. These ambitious and innovative, but realistic and focussed, use cases will be cross-border and trans-disciplinary research programmes built in a problem-solving manner. Results of these use cases will feed the Cancer Research data hub with findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (FAIR) cancer research data.

These research data will be combined with patient health and any other relevant data (e.g., from longitudinal cohorts, geographical observations, consumer and lifestyle data) at an unprecedented scale. that will bring all relevant players and information together, based on existing efforts in Europe and beyond.

A key expected outcome is that the new understanding gained from the analysis of this wealth of data could be applied to other diseases beyond cancer.

Crédits : Claire Antoine / Nouvelle Vague

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News and Events

Explore the Cancer Data Dashboard: A Gateway to Unveiling Cancer Insights

In a significant milestone for the CSA, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Cancer Data Dashboard. This innovative tool is providing a comprehensive overview of available cancer data across Europe. Designed to facilitate data discovery and utilization, the dashboard empowers researchers and clinicians to seamlessly navigate the vast landscape of cancer… Read More »Explore the Cancer Data Dashboard: A Gateway to Unveiling Cancer Insights’s Closing Event Successfully Unveils Blueprint for Future of Cancer Research

PRESS RELEASE:   Brussels, 14th November 2023 – The Final Event took place on November 14th, marking a significant milestone in the Coordination and Support Action (CSA). During this meeting, a strategic roadmap outlining the implementation of a European Federated Cancer Research Data Hub was presented to the European Commission. The event garnered… Read More »’s Closing Event Successfully Unveils Blueprint for Future of Cancer Research

Mobilising Collaboration among Stakeholders to Optimise the Growing Potential of Data for Tackling Cancer

Effective cancer diagnosis, treatment and control depend on interactions among numerous distinct factors, from technology to data to skills to sociology. But a crucial influence is the extent to which the health system takes account of the distinct perspectives of the many different groups of interdependent stakeholders concerned with cancer, including patients, practitioners and planners.… Read More »Mobilising Collaboration among Stakeholders to Optimise the Growing Potential of Data for Tackling Cancer Workshop on European Cancer Research Infrastructures

On 13th– 14th September 2023 we organized the Workshop: “Mapping European Cancer Research Infrastructures” in Brussels (Belgium). The Workshop meeting connected several European initiatives, together with CSA partners and discussed with representative of the European Commission. On the first day, we discussed to the latest update on the UNCAN project, followed by… Read More » Workshop on European Cancer Research Infrastructures

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With the second day of @EOSC4Cancer’s General Assembly Meeting being officially wrapped, our first GAM has come to an end.

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🌍 The #UNCAN Workshop on Mapping European Cancer Research Infrastructures has started!🧬🔬

📅 Dates: 13th - 14th September 2023
📍 Location: Brussels 🇧🇪

Let's unite for a brighter future in cancer research! 🌟💪 #4UNCANEU #CancerResearch #Brussels2023


The event "UNderstanding CANcer: A Flagship of the European Union" held on 12th May in Strasbourg was a triumph! 🙌🇪🇺 A heartfelt thank you to all the participants, speakers, and organizers for driving advancements in #CancerResearch! Read more here:🌟


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