Childhood cancer survival should be improved, study shows

The recently published Lancet Oncology paper by Gemma Gatta et al. provides the EUROCARE 5  results on childhood cancer survival in Europe between 2005 – 2007 as compared to previous years.

The  5-year survival for all cancers is 79.1%, as compared to 76.1% before 2001.

The two main messages from the paper are :

  • No improvement in paediatric malignancies with the poorest prognosis (brain, neuroblastoma, sarcoma), while prognosis of AML remains poor;
  • Significant disparity in survival across Europe with 10 to 20 % less in Eastern European countries.

These data along with cancer survival in adults (published in the same issue of The Lancet Oncology) have been discussed in the European Parliament during a meeting organized by ‘MEPs against Cancer’ and MEP A. Peterle. The SIOPE Office made a press release covering both these important research results and the event.

This is against this background that the ENCCA project (in which SIOPE is a key partner) is currently preparing a ‘long-term sustainability’ project and a strategic plan, in order to increase both cure and quality of cure in children and adolescents with cancer.

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