CAN.HEAL, Building the EU Cancer and Public Health Genomics : Action grants for ‘Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment for All’ including ‘Genomic for Public Health’

Work Programme : EU4Health

Type of Action : Action grants

Budget €6M (€3M/subtopic)

Project duration : 01 November 2022 - 31 October 2024 (24 months)

Lead Coordinator : 

Contact :, Els Van Valckenborgh

Website : under construction

Domain / Area : Prevention, Early detection & Screening, Diagnosis & treatments, Paediatric cancers, Inequalities

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Main objectives

To improve access for individuals and cancer patients and survivors to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through personalised medicine, by upscaling available innovation in the field of innovative cancer diagnosis and treatment (develop guidelines and recommendations to better determine who and what to test, organise health services to implement genetic testing, and provide specific education and training for health workers to advance our understanding of cancer control).

The Europe’s beating cancer plan (EBCP) is set out to tackle the entire disease pathway of cancer -from prevention to quality of life of cancer patients and survivors - with the aim to improve prevention, early detection, access to diagnosis and treatment.

The CAN.HEAL consortium will address two of the EBCP’s initiatives: ‘Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment for All’ and ‘Genomics for Public Health’. Genomics has become increasingly relevant in cancer medicine. Next-generation sequencing technologies and analytical approaches are now being introduced into the clinic with a multitude of clinical applications, ranging from identifying individual targetable genetic alterations to monitoring treatment response.  Within the Can.Heal consortium organisations from 17 EU countries will jointly build on ongoing study to promote the application of genomics to improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients as well as to improve our understanding of the individual susceptibility to develop a certain type of cancer. Ethical and legal issues will be addressed and efforts will be done for training and education to raise awareness for the importance of genomics in health professionals, patients and the public.  

The final goal of the project is to establish recommendations for initiatives into the EU health system that will further improve the access of individuals and patients to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through personalised medicine.



  • 17 countries (BE, CS, CZ, DE, DK, EE, FR, GR, IT, LV, LU, MT, NL, PL, PT, Sl, SP)
  • 39 Beneficiaries – 7 Affiliated entities – 1 Associated Partner

EBCP Flagships

  • F6. Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment for All


  • A1. Modern approach to cancer: new technologies, research and innovation at the service of patient-centred cancer prevention and care
  • A2. Saving lives through sustainable cancer prevention
  • A3. Improving early detection of cancer
  • A4. Ensuring access to high standards in cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • A6. Reducing cancer inequalities across the eu

Link to Cancer Mission / recommendations

  • R3: Support the development and implementation of effective cancer prevention strategies and policies within Member States and the EU
  • R4: Optimise existing screening programmes and develop novel approaches for screening and early detection
  • R5: Advance and implement personalised medicine approaches for all cancer patients in Europe
  • R9: Achieve Cancer Health Equity in the EU across the continuum of the disease
  • R12: Accelerate innovation and implementation of new technologies and create Oncology-focused Living Labs to conquer cancer


  • Public Health
  • Diagnostics
  • Treatment
  • Genomics


Autres projets

ECHoS : Establishing of Cancer Mission Hubs: Networks and Synergies

EU-TOPIA : “TOwards imProved screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer In All of EUrope”

Centre for Disease Control (USA) : Mises à jour des revues systématiques

PREHDICT : Health-economic modelling of PREvention strategies for Hpv-related DIseases in European CounTries

Haute Autorité de la Santé (France) : Soutien à l'introduction du dépistage HPV

HPV OncoPredict (Horizon 2020)

Unité Epidémiologie Cancer HPV OncoPredict (Horizon 2020)


Unité Epidémiologie Cancer Triage HPV AUSTRALIA

CoheaHr : Comparing health services interventions for the prevention of HPV-related cancer

PERCH : PartnERship to Contrast HPV

Unité Epidémiologie Cancer PERCH : PartnERship to Contrast HPV

Healthy Cloud : Health Research & Innovation Cloud

GDI : Genomic Data Infrastructure

European Health Data Space GDI : Genomic Data Infrastructure

JANE : Joint Action on European Networks of Expertise : A Coordination and Support Action to prepare platform

CanScreen-ECIS : Strengthening Cancer Screening data collection to update European Cancer Information System and improve quality and coverage of cancer screening programmes in Europe


eCAN : Joint Action on strengthening ehealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for cancer prevention and care

CRaNE : Joint Action on EU Network of Comprehensive Cancer Centres

B1MG : B1+M Genomes