Cancer is the first cause of death by disease in Europe in children older than 1 year, and every year more than 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with this disease in Europe. Up to 80% of them are cured with standard multidisciplinary care and current intensive treatments that have been developed and prospectively validated by the paediatric oncology community during the last 50 years.
The mission of SIOPE is to ensure the best possible care and outcome for all children and adolescents with cancer in Europe: to achieve this goal, our Society addresses the main challenges faced by European paediatric oncology professionals through a multidisciplinary and pan-European perspective.
Backed by the extensive endorsement of the European paediatric haematology-oncology community, the SIOPE Strategic Plan ‘A European Cancer Plan for Children and Adolescents’ has been set up to increase the cure rate and the quality of long term survival of children and young people with cancer by 2025 [read here to learn more about the SIOPE Strategic Plan].
Through the integration of research, care and education, SIOPE and the European community of health professionals address the two goals of the next decade: to increase the cure rate and the quality of cure of children with cancer.
SIOPE Mission & Activities in a nutshell
Supports and facilitates education and training for health professionals in Europe
Integrates patients and parents across Europe, bridging the gap between family groups, professionals and policymakers
Optimises the availability of information on childhood cancers and promotes international collaborative clinical trials
Promotes and advocates better policies for children with cancer and paediatric oncology professionals to European Union policymakers
Elevates standards and develops pan-European guidelines for training and care in paediatric oncology
Areas of activity
- Research: aiming to facilitate the development of new drugs and treatments for children and adolescents with cancer, SIOPE supports strong and integrated research programmes from basic science to clinical research, serving as a common European platform for paediatric oncology clinical trials;
- Care: standards of care in paediatric oncology can differ substantially from country to country. SIOPE addresses the relevant organisational aspects to improve access to quality care and expertise across Europe;
- Education and Training: SIOPE is a hub for paediatric oncologists, health professionals and parent/patient advocates willing to be trained and kept updated about the newest treatments and therapies available;
- EU advocacy: to ensure that paediatric oncology remains at the top of the EU health and research policy agenda, effective, evidence-based policy activates must be carried out sharply and firmly. SIOPE monitors and acts to shape EU legislation and policies having important impact on the paediatric oncology community.