Celebrating 5 Years of Digestive Cancers Europe
Making Strides in Prevention and Early Detection while Improving Survival Rates and Quality of Life
Digestive Cancers Europe (DiCE) is an influential organisation representing patients with digestive cancers, including colorectal, gastric, liver, oesophageal, pancreatic, and rare cancers. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we reflect on our accomplishments and ongoing mission to contribute to early diagnosis and increase overall survival and quality of life for patients across Europe.
Our Forward-Thinking Vision
DiCE was founded in 2018 by Jolanta Gore-Booth, Stefan Gijssels, and Prof. Dr. Eric Van Cutsem, emerging as an extension of EuropaColon, established in 2005 by Jolanta Gore-Booth. Learn more about the history of DiCE here.
Today, digestive cancers are the leading cause of cancer-associated deaths across Europe. With nearly 900,000 new cases of digestive cancer and close to 600,000 deaths annually, we believe a concerted effort in prevention and early detection holds immense potential in reducing the burden of digestive cancer-related mortalities in Europe.
Emphasising prevention is crucial, as early diagnosis significantly improves survival rates. Investing in research for early detection and ensuring access to screening programs for all European citizens can have a profound impact on saving lives.
DiCE continues its mission to prioritise high-quality and accessible treatment and care for all citizens. Central to this approach is the universal implementation of best practices, sharing informed therapeutic strategies, and empowering patients to participate in their treatment journey actively.
Collaboration for Empowerment
DiCE has made remarkable strides in the last five years through collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders such as doctors, politicians, and European patient groups. These combined endeavours have established DiCE as a pioneering platform to amplify the voices of patients and their caregivers across Europe.
Advocacy and Education
In addition to raising awareness and advocating for digestive cancer patients and their carers, DiCE actively engages in education and awareness campaigns. These campaigns aim to equip the public with information about different digestive cancers. By empowering individuals with knowledge, we strive for earlier detection and help patients navigate their treatment journey more effectively.
Driving Research and Innovation
DiCE is actively involved in fostering research and innovation across digestive cancers. We ensure that the patient voice is incorporated at the heart of all research initiatives we participate in. We contribute our expertise to developing innovative treatments and technologies to improve patient outcomes and survival rates. Access to the latest research and technology is crucial to our mission of providing the best care for digestive cancer patients.
The Power of Collaboration: Members and Partners
Our success is inherently tied to the dedication and participation of our members and partners, working in unison with individuals and organisations to ensure the collective voice of the digestive cancer patient and caregiver community is heard in every country across Europe. DiCE acknowledges the vital support provided through funding and collaborating partners in achieving our mission.
Looking Ahead: Towards a Brighter Future
As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Digestive Cancers Europe, we are proud to highlight the significant progress we have made in our fight against digestive cancers. We know there is still work to be done.
We remain steadfast in our commitment, envisioning a future in which digestive cancers are prevented, detected early, and effectively treated, thereby improving survival and ensuring a better quality of life for all individuals affected by these cancers.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by digestive cancer, DiCE encourages you to get involved and have your voice heard.