TOGAS - TOwards GAstric Cancer Screening Implementation in the European Union
There is no effective screening method available in Europe for the prevention of gastric cancer. Hence, the general objective of TOGAS is to provide the missing evidence-based knowledge that can be used to design, plan and implement appropriate gastric cancer prevention across the EU. The results from this project will aid policy makers in incorporating gastric cancer screening into healthcare priorities, while balancing the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability with long-term potential adverse effects.
TOGAS has 3 specific objectives:
1. Assessment of state of play and of the needs of member states and target populations in gastric cancer prevention, including information on ‘opportunistic’ screening initiatives organised in public and private setting.
2. Assessment of the suitability and efficacy of various gastric cancer-screening methods for the use in the EU.
3. Assuring the sustainability of the results by an effective dissemination strategy and coordination of the methodology with the approaches used within the EU, including with the European Guidelines and Quality Assurance Schemes.
TOGAS will involve three pilot studies, each designed to address specific aspects of gastric cancer screening and early detection. Cost effectiveness modelling and addressing medical ethics aspects will be key parts of the project. In order to disseminate the results, TOGAS will also organize three highly visible conferences, inviting the key stakeholders and member state representatives, as well as a high-level conference together with other cancer screening projects.
If you want to find out more, please visit the official TOGAS website