CODE featured in Belgian newspaper, L’Echo

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The Belgian newspaper, L’Echo has published an article featuring the Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe (CODE) and the Oncology Data Network initiative. The article, published on 23 April 2019, is entitled “Hospitals to share data on cancer treatment” (“Les hôpitaux vont partager les données sur le traitement des cancers”).

Dr. Didier Vander Steichel, Director General of the Belgian Cancer Foundation (Fondation contre le Cancer/ Stichting tegen Kanker) was interviewed by healthcare journalist Jean-Paul Bombaerts for this article. Dr Vander Steichel is a member of the CODE Country Advisory Group for Belgium which launched in December 2018. The article sets out opportunities and challenges for CODE moving forward.

Read the full article on the L’Echo website.

Alternatively, please click here to read the article in French or here for the English version.

CODE Belgium Launch Event in co-operation with Société des Infirmier(e)s en Oncologie (SIO), report published in English

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The Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe (CODE) and the Oncology Data Network (ODN), were officially launched in Belgium on 4th December 2018. The CODE launch event took place during the “The many facets of communication in oncology” event organised in co-operation with the Société des Infirmier(e)s en Oncologie (SIO) in Brussels.

Myriam Guiral, CODE Country Lead Benelux, introduced CODE and the ODN and explained that CODE aims to better understand cancer treatment in a real-world setting. Recent years have seen significant advances in cancer care and a better understanding of how patients are actually being treated with anti-cancer medicines is needed; real-world data on cancer treatment can help to develop this better understanding. In addition, healthcare systems are under pressure because of costly innovative treatments and better information on the use of these drugs can help address these challenges of financial sustainability.

The event highlighted how the multistakeholder oncology community can harness the impact of real-world data to derive greater value from anti-cancer medicines for patients. The speaker presentations were followed by a panel discussion with healthcare management experts followed by Q&A speakers:

  • Dr. Ashley Woolmore (CODE Lead and Senior Vice President, Real World and Analytics Solutions Global Team, Head of European Data and Evidence Networks, IQVIA)
  • Mirella Koenjer (Programme Manager Oncology, Gelre Ziekenhuizen)
  • Patrick Crombez (President, SIO, Head Nurse, Department of Onco-Haematology, Institut Jules Bordet)
  • Malou Kuppen (Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  • Dr. Shivam Natarajan (CODE Product Advisor, Surgical Oncologist)


  • Karolien Haese (CEO & Strategic Director, Clinique Saint-Jean, Bruxelles)
  • Dr. Marie Mailleux (Medical Oncologist, Clinique Saint-Luc Bouge)
  • Dr. Didier Vander Steichel (Director General, Belgian Cancer Foundation)
  • Ayhan Findik (National and International Relations Manager, SIO)
  • Patrick Crombez (President, SIO, Head Nurse, Department of Onco-Haematology, Institut Jules Bordet)
  • Myriam Gurial (CODE Country Lead Benelux)

Please click here for a full report of the event in English

For more information about joining the Oncology Data Network in Belgium, please contact CODE Country Lead, Myriam Gurial at