Against Cancer for the New Millenium
Charter of Paris: 4 February 2000
and constituency-based patient advocacy has directly and favorably
impacted the war against cancer in instances in which it is well informed
and rooted in an understanding of and commitment to quality science
and evidence-based medical practice. As the primary stakeholder in
the anti-cancer effort, the patient is uniquely positioned to focus
the overall anti-cancer effort on eradication of disease and on the
optimal use of resources to benefit people at risk of cancer and people
living with and fighting the disease.
The parties undertake to strengthen the position of the cancer
patient as an active partner in the fight against cancer and will
actively promote the following principles:
1. All people affected or potentially affected by cancer should have
equal access to information concerning the disease and treatment options
including disease origin, prevention, current standards for detection,
diagnosis and treatment.
2. Open and collaborative communication between people with cancer
and health care professionals and scientists is essential.
3. A commitment to total patient well being includes not only clinical
care but also information and psychosocial support. Health care professionals
and people with cancer share the responsibility to ensure that total
patient needs are met.
4. People with cancer throughout the world have the opportunity to
become informed, organized and influential.
5. The professional medical community, recognizing the power and benefit
of an informed and active public, will help facilitate popular commitment
to both the scientific process and the practice of evidence-based
6. The medical research, industry and policy communities will regard
informed patient advocates as key strategic partners in all aspects
of the fight against cancer, including the advancement of standards
of care and survival.