Emmanuel Macron will launch the 2021-2030 ten-year cancer control strategy on February 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. On the program, the reduction in the number of preventable cancers, the fight against “incurable” cancers and more effective and less invasive treatments.
Anti-cancer treatments: towards less toxicity and fewer side effects
The fight against cancer is a battle that never ends, but the contours of it are not necessarily the same as 10 or 20 years ago. As research progresses rapidly in this field, the French government prefers to proceed with regularly updated plans. And, for the first time, it is not a 5-year plan but a 10-year plan that he adopts. Indeed, some complex research projects require a longer horizon: the hope today is that they can take off, no longer being weighed down by the obligation to produce results in five years.
As part of this ten-year plan, it is therefore planned to offer treatments guaranteeing the same or higher efficacy with fewer side effects, lower toxicity and better quality of life for patients. The plan also includes quantified objectives, such as reducing from 2/3 to 1/3 the proportion of patients suffering from sequelae 5 years after a diagnosis.
A healthier lifestyle for fewer “preventable” cancers
This Cancer Plan also tackles the prevention project. It is planned to accelerate HPV vaccine coverage for girls and boys and reduce the number of preventable cancers by 60,000 per year by 2040 (today, 153,000 cancers per year, or 40%, could be avoided if we adopt healthier lifestyles). The Cancer Plan also aims to limit late diagnoses as much as possible and thus fight against “cancers with a poor prognosis” (also called “incurable cancers”).
A social component is also on the program. It is planned to limit the remainder of the charge for patients, simplify administrative procedures, put in place actions to reconcile activity and illness and fight against the isolation of people.