35,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year and more than 6,000 die out of this condition. Due to the advances in treatment and care, the survival rates of childhood cancer in high income countries has increased from 30% in the 1960s to over 80% nowadays.
Unfortunately, not all children benefit from the improvements and there are substantial differences in survival rates between countries. Survival rates of childhood cancer are 20% less in Eastern European countries compared to the rest of Europe. In Low- and Middle-income countries the difference is even larger.
CCI Europe supports parents and patients from resource poor countries to receive the best treatment and care possible. Education, capacity building and the connection of parent organisations is a crucial part, next to the involvement of research and development in partnership with paediatric healthcare professionals to increase survival rates where outcomes are poor.