Who We Are Welcome to Childhood Cancer International
Advancing Cure, Transforming Care
Childhood is a time of innocence and joy. Unfortunately, there is a growing, unrecognized menace that robs our children and adolescents of this special moment in their lives. Every year, more than 250,000 children and adolescents below 20, are diagnosed with cancer. 90,000 do not survive. Many more remain undiagnosed and unreported as 80 per cent of these children are from low and middle income countries where health systems are weak, health services are often inaccessible and unaffordable and essential medicines are either not available or too expensive. Even developed countries are faced with the burden of childhood cancer as it is now the leading non-communicable disease (NCD) related cause of deaths in high income countries and a growing number of middle income countries.
Childhood Cancer International believes that every child and adolescent with cancer must get access to quality cancer care, anywhere in the world. It is committed to ensuring that childhood cancer becomes a global child health priority and that children/adolescents with cancer everywhere, receive the treatment and care they need.
Formed in 1994, Childhood Cancer International is now the largest patient support organization for childhood cancer. It has 181 member organizations in 90 countries, across 5 continents. Of these, 20 are national networks.
That every child and adolescent with cancer – regardless or financial of social class, race or native origin – deserves access to the best possible treatment and medical care. Parents of children with cancer must have access to the information they require to make informed decisions about their child’s treatment.
Families of children with cancer need to be active partners in the whole continuum of care: from diagnosis to follow up care.
Children and adolescents with cancer and their families should not go through this journey alone. They need support, assistance and caring.