For a childhood without cancer: #knackdieletzten20
Today is World Childhood Cancer Day, which takes place annually on February 15 and raises public awareness for childhood cancer.
Every year, around 2,000 children in Germany are diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to improved treatment options, around 80 percent of children can be cured today. But even if the chances of survival have improved, the disease is an extreme burden for the child and their family. In addition to the severe side effects of the therapy and the concern about late effects, the families are faced with psychosocial problems that are difficult to cope with.
Research is the most powerful weapon in the fight against childhood cancer. Here at the Research Institute Children's Cancer Center Hamburg, around 50 researchers conduct research on topics that play a central role in pediatric oncology: Leukemias, brain tumors as well as stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy.