International Childhood Cancer Day: Challenges, resilience, and keeping the commitment to the youngest cancer patients worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic
On behalf of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) and Childhood Cancer International (CCI) – the organisations of childhood cancer professionals and parents worldwide – we continue the momentum created by UICC to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways forward with the focus on the vulnerable group that we serve and represent.
Childhood cancers are rare in absolute numbers and different from cancers in adults. Their aggregate burden is major across all global regions and childhood cancers require distinct approaches throughout the patient pathway. The international paediatric cancer community has been working tirelessly to improve cure rates over the past 50 years and achieved important gains in some regions. Still, access to appropriate diagnosis, treatment and care varies widely across the globe, where there are large disparities in survival: from around 80% in most high-income countries to less than 30% in other settings.