Last update on: 04/09/2009
An increasing number of children survive a cancer illness for the long-term. As adolescents and adults, they must cope with the psychological and physical consequences of the illness and treatment while wanting to live as normal a life as possible.
Research dedicated to late-effects
In 2010, one of 250 adults up to the age of 45 will have survived a cancer illness in his/her childhood according to scientific statistics. The area of late-effect research is therefore gaining increasing significance.
The findings of the projects funded are to not only benefit former patients, but also are to influence current treatment plans so that treatment in the future can occur with a lower impact and fewer side effects.
The nation-wide registry for recording late effects of radiation treatment - RISK - is an example of a project funded in this area.
By the end of 2007, a total of 418,625 Euros in funds were provided for RISK by the German Childhood Cancer Foundation (DKS 2003.14, 2005.10, 2007.14).
After positive acceptance in the treatment centres during the first pilot phase of funding and the ensuing increase in rates of documentation were achieved, the registry that is now firmly anchored in the GPOH association has since received continual funding, which was again extended in 2008. .
Registry for recording Late Effects after Radiation Treatment in Childhood and Adolescents (RiSK)
Prof. Dr. med. Normann Willich, Dr. med. Tobias Bölling
Clinic and Polyclinic for radiation treatment - radio oncology - University Clinic Münster (UCM)