Training of cancer experts varies widely across Europe

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2366
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    Major differences exist across Europe in the continuing education given to cancer specialists and in the access to care that patients can expect to receive, says a new report produced by the European Society for Medical Oncology.

    The society’s survey shows that in Ireland and France oncologists are systematically required to keep up to date with new scientific and medical developments, whereas in Spain and Germany they may not have the opportunity of continuous medical education.

    Cancer patients requiring a second opinion will have their costs reimbursed in the Netherlands and Denmark but not in Hungary or Luxembourg.

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