The Cancer Plan

As part of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan, the Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education’s (AERES) assessment of the Cancéropôles praised the excellence of the Paris teams. The 7 Cancéropôles were thus certified by the INCa in June 2011. As such, Cancéropôle Île-de-France received the most funding with 9.5 million Euros for the June 2011 – June 2014 period.

Prompted by President Jacques Chirac, the first national mobilisation plan against cancer was launched on the 24 March 2003 and proposed 70 measures structured around six operational chapters: prevention, screening, care, social support, staff training, and research.

A direct result of this first Cancer Plan was the creation of the INCa, the French National Cancer Institute, which has grouped all cancer prevention stakeholders in France since 2005. In particular, its mission of coordinating cancer prevention actions includes:

  • observing and assessing the cancer prevention system
  • defining best practices in cancer research
  • providing information to professionals and the public
  • implementing medical and paramedical training actions
  • funding and implementing research and development projects
  • developing and monitoring joint actions between public and private bodies
  • contributing to the development of European and International actions

In 2003, the Cancer Plan 1 identified 7 regional Cancéropôles across the country, including the Cancéropôle Île-de-France. In 2007, this support was renewed and accompanied by other funding amounting to nearly 10.5 million Euros for Cancéropôle Île-de-France, for the 2007-2010 period.

The second 2009-2013 Cancer Plan is based on the report that Professor Jean-Pierre Grünfeld submitted to the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, in February 2009. It follows on from the Cancer Plan 1 and is based on 30 measures divided into 118 concrete actions organised into 5 areas:

  • Research and innovation
  • Observation
  • Prevention and screening
  • Care
  • Life during and after cancer

Three major transversal themes structure and characterise the plan strategy, representing the new challenges which cancer prevention must face:

  • Consider health inequalities in cancer
  • Boost the analysis and consideration of individual and environmental factors
  • Strengthen the General Practitioner’s role

2009-2013 Cancer plan (in french)

Summary of the 2009-2013 Cancer plan (in french)

AERES assessment of the Cancéropôle Île-de-France


  • 14th of July 2002 : Cancer prevention is declared a priority area for national action
  • 16th of January 2003 : Guidance commission’s report on cancer stating the need to provide “considerable effort, research efforts, prevention and screening efforts, and treatment efforts including psychological support for cancer sufferers”
  • 24th of March 2003 : Cancer Plan 1 launched by the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac
  • 24th of May 2005 : Creation of INCa, the National Cancer Institute
  • February 2009 : The Grünfeld Commission’s report proposing preparatory recommendations “for a new impetus” for the next Cancer Plan
  • 2nd of November 2009 : Cancer Plan 2 launched by the President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 31st of May 2011 : The 7 Cancéropôles certified by INCa
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