The Oncology Data Network (ODN), a pioneering collaborative network for European cancer treatment centres, has reached an important milestone. The Network has now grown to 100 hospitals across six countries. The centres involved in the Network are providing cancer treatment to some 60,000 people with cancer. This strong growth has been accomplished since the initiative was launched at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO) 2017.
The Oncology Data Network is open to all centres who are treating cancer patients and its aim is to become an invaluable resource for the European cancer community. In line with that goal, the near-term ambition is for the Network to double in size in the next 12 months.
The value of the Oncology Data Network increases as the number of centres who are joining increases. As one of the ODN members, Dr Enrique Grande, Head of the Medical Oncology Service at MD Anderson Hospital in Spain said,
“Undoubtedly, initiatives such as the ODN help to improve the quality of care in cancer treatment and are a great step forward in terms of innovation.”
Ashley Woolmore, who is leading the ODN initiative added,
“This is a significant achievement and we give our sincere thanks to the 100 centres who have joined the Network. This would not have been possible either without the help of our international clinical advisors on the Clinical and Analytical Steering Group, the members of our Country Advisory Groups as well as each and every person involved in CODE.
Dr Enrique Grande, Head of the Medical Oncology Service at MD Anderson Cancer Centre Madrid, discusses CODE and the ODN, in the digital edition of El Mundo, one of Spain’s leading newspapers.
The El Mundo article, published on 23 February 2019, is entitled “Initiatives such as CODE help to improve the quality of care in cancer treatment” (“Iniciativas como CODE ayudan a mejorar la calidad asistencial en el tratamiento del cáncer”).
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)