Life after cancer –
cured, and what happens next?
Childhood cancer leaves its mark. About 80 per cent of patients are confronted with late effects of the disease and therapy, something which can have a decisive impact on their quality of life. Childhood Cancer Switzerland is therefore committed to a wide range of follow-up care and support services.
The late effects of cancer and therapy can be far-reaching and often do not appear until years after the disease. Therefore, optimal follow-up care should include both medical and psychosocial aspects. But in Switzerland there are still gaps in follow-up care, particularly in the transition from paediatric to adult medicine.
Due to the late effects, many survivors are also often confronted with difficult challenges in their private, school or professional environment and need support. To remedy this situation, Childhood Cancer Switzerland has set up a national competence centre for survivors and their families. This offer is unique in Switzerland and aims to improve follow-up care. The competence centre advises those affected and provides them with information, represents their interests and organises a variety of networking events.