The project wants to establish a network on awareness and care of childhood cancer survivors, since new treatments might increase survival, but also at the same time late mortality because of very aggressive treatments used to “cure” the original cancer in children and adolescents.
It is the aim of this pan-European to push forward research of treatment-related effects in childhood cancer survivors (This research is also referred to as “new science” by Dr. Anna T. Meadows), raise awareness of the urgently required support of former childhood cancer patients and emphasise the economic aspect of social reintegration.
PanCareSurFup commenced in February 2011, and will run for five years until January 2016. This consortium of 16 European institutions is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC to carry out research studies into late effects of treatment for cancer, to establish guidelines for follow-up, and to disseminate the results and provide training and workshops for stakeholders. The benefit is
to provide every European childhood cancer survivor with better access to care and better long-term health.
The CCRI is a partner in this project and Eva Frey, MD, is the scientist in charge.
On 9th February 2010, the CCRI organised a press conference to communicate achievements and successes of paediatric oncology and of the science communication project DIRECT in particular to the Austrian media. In addition, current problems and gaps that have to be closed with the help of politicians responsible for health and social affairs and society were communicated.
Eva Frey, MD, presented the goals of Pancaresurfup to the Austrian media.