Bridging research and clinical care - the comprehensive cancer centre

Mol Oncol. 2019 Mar;13(3):614-618. doi: 10.1002/1878-0261.12442. Epub 2019 Jan 23.


Comprehensive cancer centres (CCCs) are at the heart of the landscape of cancer research, education and care in Europe. They are vital hubs where the historic gaps in the research to clinical care continuum are bridged. CCCs have established hallmarks, but a greater emphasis is needed in Europe to create more effective CCCs using the partnership model of university medical centres and university research departments and institutes. This review will summarise the organisational structures and processes essential for producing quality outcomes for patients and effectiveness in the translational process. The Organisation of European Cancer Institutes and European Academy of Cancer Sciences have established complementary quality accreditations systems to test the clinical and research excellence of CCCs. The EU should have an ambition to create more CCCs based on university hospitals, for each 5-10 million population and in every Member State.

Keywords: accreditation; comprehensive cancer centre; outcomes; quality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Cancer Care Facilities*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Treatment Outcome