As a Swiss non-profit charitable foundation we exclusively support childhood cancer research and that way increase chances of a cure.
Childhood Cancer Research Foundation Switzerland was the first private organisation that exclusively supports research in the area of childhood cancer and juvenile blood illness. The center of our attention and effort is the research and development of innovative and promising new treatments for children and young adults with cancer.
We try to give back a perspective for a normal life after defeating cancer. Else we inform about juvenile cancer and treatments. Most importantly we show that there is no reason to resign oneself and to give up. Our foundation is raising funds that are used to support children and young adults directly or by means of faster diagnosis or optimisation of their appropriate therapy.
Cancer Research is mainly undertaken in the area of adults and often results arise from fundamental research. The results as well as treatments for adults are not applicable in the more specific cases of childhood cancer.
Children often fall sick of other forms of cancer compared to adults. The progress of their desease differs and cancer cells in tumors often grow much faster and more aggressively.
This means a major impact on any treatment of childhood cancer; speed and complexity play a major role. Specific and customized therapies else are neccessary as children react far more sensitively than adults do.
Cancer in childhood is rare. But about 200-230 children in Switzerland are diagnosed with cancer each year. 50 out of them die from their desease. About 30 years ago only 40% of them could be cured as of today we are at 78 % survivors. The increase in knowledge and cure shows impressively that our work makes sense.
Details on the statistics including children who fell ill and the percentage of cured patients can be found documented at the Schweizer Kinderkrebsregister.
We have a target of providing significant increase in funds and specific support. We professionally evaluate and select projects in clinical research and offer support – sometimes over years. Our vision includes to leverage results from research to much better control childhood cancer. Knowledge from this research already enables researchers and doctors to more precicely identify and diagnose forms of cancer and develop specific and customized forms of therapy. We help to increase chances of a cure in many cases already and with increasing numbers.