The Board of the Nordic Cancer Union was finally able to meet face to face on 3 December 2021. Four previous meetings (2 in 2020 and 2 in 2021) were virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemics. Because Finland is chairing the NCU Board during the term 2021-2023, the meeting took place in snowy Helsinki. The joy of getting together again after a very long break was overwhelming.
As usual, the Board had very lively discussions and handled several issues as follows:
- NCU budget for 2022
- Update about ongoing NCU strategic projects, including
- two new/continuing strategic projects presented their proposals for term 2022–2024
- final decisions on these projects will be made at the next board meeting, March 2022
- New research grants for 2022
- 12 projects are funded according to recommendations of the NCU Scientific Committee
Presentations on cancer-related issues were delivered and discussed
- Report and results of the strategic project “Comparing cost of cancer care in Nordic countries” (Paulus Torkki, University of Helsinki)
- “A road to screening of colorectal cancer in Finland – the role of Finnish Cancer Registry and Cancer Society of Finland” (Nea Malila and Tytti Sarkeala, the Cancer Registry of Finland)
Furthermore, board members shared info about recent cancer-related developments and activities in their countries, as well as in some international organisations that NCU participates or collaborates with (European Cancer Leagues ECL, Union for International Cancer Control UICC and European Fair Pricing Network EFPN).