On this year’s International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), we are pleased to announce that SIOP has joined forces with Childhood Cancer International (CCI), representing parents, patients, and survivors, to launch a joint 3-year advocacy campaign to promote greater awareness of cancer in children and adolescents across the globe.

The joint campaign is a pivotal initiative that enables healthcare professionals to speak with one voice with patients and amplify the visibility and resonance of childhood cancer issues in multiple settings.

In this first year, the campaign puts patients at the very centre with the slogan “Through Our Hands”, empowering children and young people with cancer and their families to share messages of hope with stakeholders globally. You can find full details of the joint campaign here and the press release here.

On this ICCD 2021, we also highlight the continuing uncertainty linked to COVID-19. SIOP and CCI have written a joint blog about the impact of the pandemic on childhood cancer care, available on the website of our partner Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

Together with other important stakeholders in the field, we have furthermore today published a plea to governments and health officials to consider the specific needs of children with cancer in their COVID recovery plans for the coming year.  It is imperative that prompt access to diagnosis, treatment, and care can continue in this new environment for society functioning.

Looking at the global cancer agenda, childhood cancer has already featured prominently in several important initiatives this year. In particular, the WHO cancer team’s work to increase the uptake of the Global initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) across its regions is progressing at full speed. On ICCD21, we are delighted to take part in the launch of the GICC Technical Package that brings the initiative one important step closer to the realization of its goal to increase survival and alleviate suffering. SIOP and CCI are important partners in this work and we can support all our members to get involved.

Other important developments this month include the launch of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan with a dedicated section ‘Putting Childhood cancer under the spotlight’ and  the 9th ACCELERATE conference bringing together all stakeholders to discuss new medicine development in paediatric oncology.

We are confident that 2021 will be a year of continued progress for childhood cancer. If we continue our resolute collaborative efforts, we can cure more and ensure better care for all.

We hope that you will take part and spread the word about the SIOP and CCI joint ICCD campaign and other highlighted projects, and we thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.

HRH Princess Dina Mired, SIOP Patron Prof. Kathy Pritchard-Jones, SIOP President