Cancer in children and adolescents differs from cancer in adults regarding frequency, cancer types, biological characteristics and possible causes.

It is estimated that there are currently between 300,000 and 500,000 adults in Europe who have survived a childhood cancer. While overall survival rates have increased from 40% in the early 1970s to over 75% today, cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease for children aged one and above in Europe.

The most refractory paediatric malignancies with an urgent therapeutic need are neuroblastomas, high-risk leukaemias, sarcomas and malignant brain tumours, which account for 80% of paediatric cancer deaths.

The development of innovative therapies needs to be based on a better understanding of tumour biology; particularly the "drivers" of malignant behaviour and the influence of interactions between tumour and host factors must be identified. 

  • Activities of the CCRI: interviews of researchers and two childhood cancer survivors

    This short film was produced by the Austrian medium: wien.at.
    We greatly appreciate the editors for their support.

  • Interviews of renowned European childhood cancer experts and a childhood cancer survivor

    Interviews of childhood cancer experts and of a childhood cancer surivor 
    Prof. Andrea Biondi, Univ. of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy
    Prof. Angelika Eggert, Univ. Children's Hospital, Essen, Germany
    Prof. Janez Jazbec, Univ. of Children's Hospital Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Jan-Willem Van de Loo, PhD, Cancer Research - Unit F2, Medical and Public Health Research DG Research, European Commission Brussels, Belgium
    Prof. Giuseppe Masera, Univ. of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy
    Prof. Martin Schrappe, Univ. Medical Center, Kiel, Germany
    Prof. Gilles Vassal, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France
    Dorothee Schmid, psychologist, childhood cancer survivor

    9 video clips in English and German were generated during the International Expert Symposium "Past successes and future challenges"

    Written Transcriptions of each interview are stored here (chapter: Interviews/Statements)

  • Presentations by CCRI's researchers at public event "Understanding Cancer - Saving Lives"

    Assoc. Prof. Andreas Heitger, MD 

    Presentation in German: "Krebs und das Immunsystem"
    For watching part II, please click here.
    The presentation is stored here (Chapter: Public forum)