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European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and Eurocarers presented the new White Paper on Informal Carers of People with Cancer, at the event hosted by MEP Heinz Becker (EPP, Austria).

The White Paper tells the stories of those looking after people with cancer in the European Union. It is undeniable that these carers fulfil a vital role for our patients and health system. Unfortunately and unfairly, however, this role is often thankless and characterised by vulnerability and strain.

There is a need to recognise the value of cancer carers and support them in the full breadth of their needs. The White Paper highlights these needs and rights of carers of cancer patients and testifies to the myriad challenges they face. The launch event was an opportunity to assess the achievements and shortcomings of the current policy framework with regard to carers, and identify ways forward for a fairer society.

National and EU policymakers need to take action to identify, support and empower cancer carers. 'Now it's a time to start caring for carers' said MEP Heinz K. Becker

Read the White Paper here.

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