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SPOG – 
Swiss Paediatric Oncology Group

The Swiss Paediatric Oncology Group (SPOG) is a non-profit organisation which for more than 40 years now has been committed to achieving better treatment options and a higher quality of life for children and adolescents suffering from cancer by means of patient-centred cancer research.

The SPOG is active throughout Switzerland and has links throughout the world. Its members are Swiss clinics which treat children and adolescents with cancer and blood diseases, and include the specialised departments of all five university hospitals as well as four paediatric and cantonal hospitals. The SPOG also founded the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry: the data collected and stored in the registry can be used, for example, to clarify questions of prevention or the long-term effects of therapies.

Nowadays, many types of cancer and blood diseases in childhood and adolescence can be treated successfully. However, this is still far from always being the case. Furthermore, children and adolescents develop different types of cancer from adults and have very specific needs. Their young age, the relative rarity and certain biological peculiarities of these diseases make it a special concern for the SPOG to take these aspects seriously and to research them as a matter of priority.

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    It is the aim of the SPOG to enable as many children and adolescents with cancer in Switzerland as possible to participate in a trial and receive the most effective therapy in accordance with the latest medical science, while maintaining the highest possible quality of life in the short and long term. This is achieved through quality-controlled treatment studies and continuous consultation within the SPOG, but also with international groups of experts.

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