The International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day annual meeting to be held in Brussels
Next March 6th, the annual event to mark the International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (ICCD) will be held at the European Parliament under the title “Achieving more and better cures for paediatric cancer in Europe”. The meeting, coordinated by European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP Europe), will act as a discussion forum on how to achieve an infantile cancer free Europe in the not too distant future. The European paediatric-haematological cancer community manifesto will also be officially launched during the event.
Despite the progress made in the last half-century, the data indicate that paediatric cancer continues to be the leading cause of death among children over the age of one, making it the major health and social problem both in Europe and worldwide. To tackle this issue, the SIOPE European manifesto will focus on the most critical issues, such as fostering a legislative environment that allows the development of efficient and affordable paediatric medicines or promoting paediatric cancer research based on big data and deep learning tools.
It will also address the problems of accessibility to cutting-edge treatments faced by many children in Europe and the need for homogenisation, interoperability, and safety around digital health platforms. These elements are essential to promote collaborative research at an international level and knowledge transfer that could benefit patients across the continent.
The event will focus on these and other areas of interest in which all types of experts, including researchers, patients, family members, legislators, and the pharmaceutical industry, will participate in the debate.