BeONCOsup - Belgian Handbook for Oncological Supportive Care

Last updated on 30-5-2023 by Lieke Vervoort
January 1, 2023
April 30, 2024

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In short

With the BeONCOsup project we want to develop a supporting tool ‘Belgian Handbook for Oncological Supportive Care’ to optimise the provision of supportive care to cancer patients and their relatives. The tool supports healthcare professionals in referring cancer patients and their relatives to appropriate supportive care as it presents an extensive overview of the available supportive cancer care in Belgium that is covered by the social security system. 

Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke has appointed Sciensano’s Cancer Centre to coordinate the development of the tool in consultation with the Cabinet, the FPS Health and the National Health and Disability Insurance RIZIV/INAMI

Project summary

The BeONCOsup project is set up based on recurrent results of different projects of the Cancer Centre, indicating the need to optimise supportive care for cancer patients and relatives: 

With the project, we want to develop a supporting tool ‘Belgian Handbook for Oncological Supportive Care’ for healthcare professionals in referring cancer patients to appropriate supportive care (needs-based approach). The main objectives of the project are: 

  • To develop an exhaustive list of the medical, (onco)psychosocial, palliative, socio-professional and social needs of cancer patients and their relatives
  • To identify existing supportive care to meet these needs
  • To optimise access to supportive oncology care for patients and their relative
  • To ensure equitable access to supportive oncology care

To achieve the objectives of the project, Working Groups (WGs) are set up for 5 domains of supportive cancer care. The following domains have been proposed: 

  • Medical follow-up
  • (Onco)psychosocial care
  • Palliative care
  • Socio-professional integration
  • Social care

The WGs are organised by domain to discuss the needs of cancer patients with different experts and by speciality to discuss each need in-depth.

Register for the working sessions

The three first working sessions of the BEOncoSup project have been successfully organised and some needs have been prioritised.The next thematic working sessions, open to healthcare professionals and patients, will take place from May 26th onward until November. Registration to the working sessions are open.

Register here


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