ECCO essential requirements for quality cancer care: Oesophageal and gastric cancer

Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Feb;122:179-193. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2017.12.019. Epub 2018 Jan 2.


Background: ECCO essential requirements for quality cancer care (ERQCC) are checklists and explanations of organisation and actions that are necessary to give high-quality care to patients who have a specific type of cancer. They are written by European experts representing all disciplines involved in cancer care. ERQCC papers give oncology teams, patients, policymakers and managers an overview of the elements needed in any healthcare system to provide high quality of care throughout the patient journey. References are made to clinical guidelines and other resources where appropriate, and the focus is on care in Europe.

Oesophageal and gastric: ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALITY CARE: CONCLUSION: Taken together, the information presented in this paper provides a comprehensive description of the essential requirements for establishing a high-quality OG cancer service. The ERQCC expert group is aware that it is not possible to propose a 'one size fits all' system for all countries, but urges that access to multidisciplinary units or centres must be guaranteed for all those with OG cancer.

Keywords: Audit; Cancer centre; Cancer unit; Care pathways; Essential requirements; Europe; Gastric cancer; Guidelines; Health inequalities; Healthcare system; Multidisciplinary; Multidisciplinary team; Oesophageal cancer; Oesophageal-gastric cancer; Organisation of care; Patient information; Patient-centred; Quality; Quality assurance; Stomach cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / methods
  • Medical Oncology / organization & administration
  • Medical Oncology / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Stomach Neoplasms / therapy*