Romania, Serbia develop 11.7 mil euro cross-border project for cancer diagnosis and treatment

Romania and Serbia will develop a cross-border project worth 11.7 million euro, of which 10 million euro from European funds, aimed at developing several common working protocols tailored for patients with cancer, the Ministry of European Funds (MFP) announced on Friday in a press release.

The financing contract, signed by minister-delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, represents Romania-Serbia’s joint initiative against cancer in the cross-border region and targets the improvement of diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumours within the Romania-Serbia Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme.

“The project intends to develop common working protocols tailored for patients with cancer, with a total 11.7 million euro budget, of which 10 million euro from European funds. The main objective aims to encourage cooperation in the field of oncology between medical institutions from the eligible area of the Programme so as to ensure patients’ access to modern and efficient medical services. The project is carried out in Romania by “Pius Brinzeu” Emergency Clinical County Hospital in western Timisoara, ONCOGEN [Center for Gene and Cellular Therapies in the Treatment of Cancer] and Resita Emergency County Hospital, and in Serbia by Pozarevac General Hospital and the Health Ministry,” reads the quoted release.

According to the relevant ministry, the project’s specific objectives refer to improving and modernising cancer diagnosis methods through the following: extending collaboration among hospitals in Romania-Serbia cross-border region by implementing telediagnosis applications and modernising computer hardware; implementing new specialised software platforms to allow the rapid exchange of information between oncology doctors; modernising surgery treatment methods and the information exchange among specialists, respectively, the development of data bases groundwork of cancer treatment, in order to improve the quality of diagnosing and to increase the patients’ life expectancy.

The beneficiaries of this project will mainly be the inhabitants in the border region of both countries, the three hospitals in the project providing approximately 397,000 consultations annually.

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