Health Minister Ion Bazac on Tuesday met a French delegation headed by Director General of the French Goustave Roussi Oncology Institute and head of the Federation of French Oncology Institutes Thomas Tursz.
The meeting parties established that Romanian and France will enter cooperation to provide technical assistance for coordinating Romania’s oncology institutes, exchange information and create research platforms.
‘Romania’s Government has the development of the local oncology network as a main priority, and proof to that is offered by the two newly-established institutes in Iasi and Timisoara.
At the same time, in the second half of the year we will implement, for the first time at a national level in Romania, screening programmes for uterine and breast cancer, given that the frequency of both in Romania is the highest in Europe,’ said Bazac.
A protocol for cooperation in the field of oncology is expected to be signed during a visit to Romania of France’s Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, and cooperation will comprise organisational affairs, prevention and research.
In the area of organisational affairs, cooperation will include providing technical assistance for the establishment of the Romanian Oncology Federation, patterned on the French model. This will be a national body that will coordinate the activity of the oncology institutes of Romania and manage the National Oncology Programme.
Prevention will be aimed at developing an information network about cancer-prevention, specialist exchanges and exchanges of protocols.
Research will be aimed at creating an oncology research platform that will allow Romanian cancer research laboratories to participate in European research projects.
The Romanian Government is providing nearly RON 600 million for free treatment of cancer patients. The Health Ministry is planning to carry out two new prevention programmes including screening for uterine and breast cancer worth nearly 70 million euros in 2009.
Also attending the meeting were officials of the French Embassy in Bucharest and the Oncology Committee of the Health Ministry.
There are 400,000 people diagnosed with cancer in Romania, with the cancer incidence standing at 50.6 percent in 1,000 people.