On 6 March 2019, SIOP Europe and CCI Europe presented the 2019 European Elections Manifesto for the paediatric oncology and haematology community: “Beating childhood cancer: Cure more and cure better – Towards zero deaths and zero late effects” at the European Parliament.

SIOP Europe and CCI Europe invites the next European Parliament to sustain and reinforce its support for the paediatric cancer cause.

Despite some progress over the years, paediatric cancer remains a major public health and social issue in Europe as cancer remains the first cause of death by disease in Europe in children aged one year and over.  Each year, more than 35,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer and more than 6,000 young patients die of cancer.  Moreover, there will be nearly half a million childhood cancer survivors by 2020–2025.  Over two-thirds of these childhood cancer survivors experience long-term health and psychosocial problems due to their disease and treatment, which may be severe and affect their daily life and participation as EU citizens.   Although improvements have been achieved for some childhood cancers over the past years, there has been little progress in patient survival for difficult-to-treat paediatric malignancies, and too many young lives are still lost to the disease.

This Manifesto is calling for the achievement of more and better cures for childhood cancer in line with specific objectives as defined in the SIOP Europe Strategic Plan – A European Cancer Plan for Children and Adolescents.

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