Last update on: 01/09/2010
In comparison to cancer illnesses found in adults, childhood cancer is a rare occurrence.
In order to refine the treatments and study the biological characteristics of the types of paediatric cancer, specialists require
- the necessary number of patients for clinical studies. This is not possible at a single clinic, at a single institution in a foreseeable period of time
- for the basic paediatric-oncological research, data on tumour material that can be statistically analysed. Tumour cells of children and adolescents suffering from cancer behave differently for the most part than tumour cells from cancer illnesses in adulthood.
The significance of an extensive network comprising national and international cooperations
This graphic representation emphasises the significance of an extensive network comprising national and international cooperations using the Children’s Cancer Research Institute as an example.
This allows even a relatively small research institution to access the latest, cost-intensive technologies.
The centres shown on the graphic within and outside Europe represent partner institutions collaborating with the Children’s Cancer Research Institute
- in projects relating to biomedical research or
- in connection with the international structured treatment of various childhood cancers.