Michel Coleman (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) explains how cancer will become a new priority in the EU. Oncologist Karol Sikora (Hammersmith Hospital, London) told the meeting at London's Royal Institution that Europe is a natural laboratory for investigating cancer with different populations and varying healthcare systems. Martin McKee (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) discussed the role of the "European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies" in fulfilling the new aims. Lynn Faulds Wood (European Cancer Patient Coalition) talked about her experience of having cancer discusses the priorities for patients. Richard Sullivan (London School of Economics) described areas of biggest need, including neglected "orphan" areas of research.