First MyPath focus group workshop held in Brussels with 14 ESMO Designated Centres

On 20 September 2023, a workshop took place in Brussels, Belgium at the University Foundation bringing together experts from several European ESMO Designated Centres.

Organised by MyPath partner ESMO in collaboration with partners Oslo University Hospital, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and DNV Imatis the workshop was attended by 21 expert clinicians from 14 ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.

To ensure that the key stakeholders’ needs are being considered in the development of the MyPath solution, focus groups will be organised throughout the project, involving various stakeholders such as healthcare providers, patients and policymakers. Through these workshops, feedback and input will be gathered on the new digital patient-centred care pathways (dPCCPs). The first workshop to take place was targeted to clinicians from a selection of ESMO Designated Centres (DCs) based in Europe (see full list of ESMO DC participants below).

Plenary session

The workshop on 20 September incorporated plenary sessions which outlined the aim of the MyPath project and introduced the current platform features before moving into guided focus groups.

Focus groups

For the reflective feedback element of the workshop, participants were divided into 3 focus groups, with a mix of expertise and geographical locations, to undertake discussion around their centre’s experience of dPCCPs and their thoughts on the MyPath prototype.

The group work utilised semi-structured questions which was effective in guiding discussion, with the clinicians providing insight into their experience of using dPCCPs and the strengths and challenges of doing so.


The group sessions were recorded and will be transcribed for analysis at a later date. However, the main themes to emerge from the workshop were that the MyPath system could be very useful for recording PROMs, particularly as more complex symptoms and care pathways are added to the platform. There was positive feedback regarding the graphical interface which will help with ease of use for patients and clinicians. In addition, some centres voiced their support of the project and their interest in being involved with the testing of the platform going forward. Discussion also took place regarding potential difficulties of introducing and tendering the MyPath tool within a competitive market where similar platforms and providers already exist and are being used within hospitals and cancer centres.

The workshop was completed on an extremely positive note with the Centres willing to continue the dialogue and involvement with the project going forward. The MyPath consortium wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who attended and for sharing valuable insights and feedback.

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This news piece was written by Felicity Evans and Nicola Latino (ESMO).
Photo credit: ESMO
List of participants from the ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care
Designated Centre Name Country Representative(s)
University Medical Center Groningen Netherlands Anna Reyners & Jenske Geerling
Palliative Care Unit – Universitätsklinikum Krems Austria Gudrun Kreye
Maria Sklodowska Curie Memorial Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology (MSCNRIO) Poland Elwira Góraj
The Complex Oncology Center (COC) Czech Republic Jaroslava Gahurová
Palliativmedizinisches Zentrum der Charité Germany Johann Ahn
Institut Catala d’Oncologia Spain Jesús González Barboteo & Silvia Llorens Torrome
National Koranyi Institue of Pulmonology Hungary Lívia Rojkó
Institute of Oncology Ljubljana Slovenia Maja Ivanetič Pantar
Siunsote Oncology and Palliative Care Center Finland Liisa Sailas & Leena Surakka
Gustave Roussy Institute of Oncology France Florian Scotté & Mario Di Palma
Department of Oncology, Gødstrup Hospital Denmark Gabor Liposits
OncoHelp Association – OncoHelp Oncology Center Romania Dana Nagy & Radu Dragomir
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust United Kingdom Angela Halley & Jayne Wood
Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa Center of Oncology and Palliative Care Unit Portugal Paulo Cortes & Abel García Abejas