The Nordic Cancer Union provides funding for projects of high standard within the field of cancer amounting to 250.000 euros annually.

These projects  aim at ameliorating relevant cancer problems in the member countries. The projects funded by the NCU meet strict requirements, with priority given to projects and initiatives that reflect the current general strategy of the NCU and have added Nordic value.

The NCU has thus supportede.g.  the NORDCAN, the Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology, the Association of Nordic Cancer Registries along with many smaller projects.

The NCUhas also initiated and funded projects considered relevant. One such example is the analyses of the cost of cancer in the Nordic countries, a SINTEF study (press release here)."The rising costs of cancer treatment raise important questions concerning how to address future challenges; including the question of sustainable growth, efficient use of available resources, advances in cancer prevention and treatment, and the impact of financial mechanisms. The cross-country comparisons among Nordic countries point to some interesting differences and areas where potential gains can be made." SINTEF, May 2011.


Nordic Research on Cancer Pathways

A multidisciplinary research network has been set up with support from Nordic Cancer Union and Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres in Sweden. The aim is to inspire to and conduct multidisciplinary and cross-country comparative research of the function, impacts and effectiveness of the standardized cancer pathways that have been developed in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and soon in Finland as well. Examples of research could be: 

  • What characterizes patients undergoing/not undergoing the pathways and does it impact on patient reported experiences and outcomes? 
  • How did the implementation of standardized cancer pathways differ across countries?
  • How to learn more about alarm symptoms and early detection of cancer?


NCU believe it is possible to learn from each other better via comparative research. The group shall support and coordinate Nordic research projects, set up a home page and meet regularly in the total group and specific groups. Contact persons,,