1st European Cancer Nursing Day

18th May 2017

Recognising the Importance of Cancer Nursing

EONS will hold the 1st European Cancer Nursing Day on 18th May 2017. This will be an annual event, celebrated on the same date every year. European Cancer Nursing Day reflects in a unique and global way the significance of each cancer nurse throughout every geographical extension of Europe. The celebration will stress the importance of the recognition of cancer nursing on a European level, as well as the importance of further education and training, i.e. specialisation in Cancer Nursing.

Based on available literature (ESNO 2015, CANO 2016), the following definition of Specialist Cancer Nurse will be used: “On an international level, specialist cancer nurses are expected to be educated to a degree level (or higher), have a formal training in cancer, and to care for cancer patients as a specialised population, and this across different cancer types and the entire cancer care continuum”.


The annual European Cancer Nursing Day will focus on a different theme each year, based on the strategic CARE plan of EONS. The inaugural European Cancer Nursing Day will focus on Advocacy.

European Cancer Nursing Day links with the Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) project by raising the profile of cancer nurses and calling for their contribution to be better understood and valued. Led by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and supported by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), the project aims to consolidate evidence to clarify and effectively position the contribution of specialised cancer nursing as an essential supportive function during the cancer journey for the benefit of all patients, as well as European health systems.