“My greatest wish is to lead an independent life!”
Delia Mazuret is 22 years old and is one of the young adults who were diagnosed with cancer as a child and were successfully treated – someone we call a survivor. Cured, however, does not automatically mean healthy; Delia, like many other survivors, suffers from the late effects of both the disease and the therapy. Despite the restrictions she has to live with, she wants to learn a profession and later be able to stand on her own two feet.
“As a survivor, it helps me immensely to know that there is a competence centre I can turn to at any time with my worries and questions, one that can provide me with competent advice and support and give me the opportunity to network with other survivors.”
Hannes K., former childhood cancer patient
Why commit to a regular donation?
Cancer often accompanies children and adolescents for the rest of their lives because of the late effects. With a regular donation, you make it possible for us to work sustainably for those affected and to implement long-term projects.
Better follow-up care and equal opportunities for long-term survivors
About 80 per cent of all survivors suffer from the late effects of their disease and therapy. Childhood Cancer Switzerland promotes their interests with the services offered by the competence centre. The focus is on improving follow-up care to ensure that those affected can enjoy a better quality of life and more equal opportunities in the future.
Optimal care and better legal framework for families
In addition to a family’s concerns about a child’s survival, parents face unexpected organisational, psychological and financial burdens after receiving the diagnosis. Together with our member organisations, we are committed to optimising treatment programmes, to more psychosocial and socio-legal care services, as well as to better legal framework conditions so that families receive optimal care and support during and after therapy.
Promoting childhood cancer research for better chances of recovery and fewer late effects
Thanks to continuous progress in research, four out of five children and adolescents now survive cancer. Because state funding is far from sufficient, research depends on financial support from private donations and grants. Childhood Cancer Switzerland supports childhood cancer research so that even more children and adolescents can be cured and the late effects reduced.