Cancer & COVID-19 Hub

ECL is aware of the challenges the pandemic is creating to cancer patients and survivors, caregivers, health professionals and cancer charities

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of healthcare provision – cancer care is no exception. People living with cancer may represent a high-risk group. Some evidence show that they are more likely to contract coronavirus and, because of their underlying health issues and their treatment, are more likely to become seriously ill. As health systems across the EU and beyond struggle to cope with the number of coronavirus patients, limited access to care and delays in cancer screening and treatment are putting thousands of lives at risk.

The pandemic is also affecting ECL’s members and collaborators, as the downturn in the economy is heavily impacting the funding and revenue streams of cancer charities and cancer research.

This page features resources and announcements from cancer leagues within ECL’s membership and network of partners and collaborators and will be regularly updated as we receive more resources.

ECL’s Activities related to COVID-19 pandemic

APRIL 2020

MAY 2020

  • ECL Webinar for policy staff within member leagues about the impact of the pandemic on early diagnosis, cancer treatment and cancer research.
  • As a response to the pandemic, ECL contributed to the re-booting of the EU4Health Coalition and joint statement

JUNE 2020

  • ECL Virtual Exchange for CEOs and Senior Managers about the current impact of the pandemic on the operations of cancer leagues and the ongoing responses to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • ECL Virtual Exchange about the impact of COVID-19 on cancer prevention & the activities of ECL Youth Ambassadors.

JULY 2020

  • ECL will soon publish a Call to Action ‘Ensuring access to cancer prevention and care in times of COVID-19’ aimed at national governments and the European Commission.
  • Call for Action to national governments and European Commission on ensuring the functioning of cancer services in the time of COVID-19


Looking for country-specific info? See COVID-19 hubs of national cancer societies! 
COVID-19 Websites of ECL’s Partners & Collaborators
Global and EU Institutions & other cancer and health-focused organisations