Introducing | Our network
As a network of almost 20 survivors-representatives from 13 European countries (and their respective national groups), we represent the survivor’s voice within the CCI Europe community.
We are patient advocates, who passionately work and represent survivors on this highly important topic of survivorship.
Our professional backgrounds range from psychologists to engineers and reflect to some extent the heterogeneity of the survivors’ community. Besides being experts on our own diagnosis and survival, we are actively involved in international projects, in our national and regional organisations as well as in the work with survivors at the local level.
Surviving | Survival
Driven by the fact that all of us have been affected personally by cancer in childhood or adolescence, we are keen on changing and improving survivorship for childhood cancer patients in our countries, and across Europe.
Therefore, we focus our resources on active collaboration with professionals from SIOP Europe and PanCare, primarily dealing with the challenges in long-term follow-up care.
The spotlight is on | Long-term follow-up care in the focus
The visibility of long-term follow-up care as well as survivorship issues have increased continually in the field of the paediatric oncology within the last years. The contribution from patients’ and parents’ representatives meanwhile has become an essential part in several Europe-wide projects on the topic of survivorship.
Since the kick-off of our network in 2016, we have been involved continually in several EU-wide projects and initiatives, as part of CCI Europe and through the PanCareFollowUp project. Prior to that, we have provided feedback on JARC documents and have been involved in the Survivorship Passport project in the past two years.
Our opinions and experiences provide valuable contributions to research, projects and awareness campaigns on survivorship issues and we are ready to share our expertise.
In preparation for the first SIOP Europe Annual Meeting, in partnership with CCI Europe, we are responsible for the survivors’ input and organisational aspects of the programme planning.
Collaboration | internationally and nationally
Our network, the inputs that it provides and the outcomes it delivers depend on what is brought up by the national and local survivors groups. That’s why another important objective of the CCI Europe Survivors Network is to support national survivors’ groups in their development- and implementation processes.
Often, the wheel already exists and doesn’t need to be re-invented: We try to foster and support the exchange of experiences and best-practice projects across our members.