Chances of curing childhood cancer is on average are around 80% - depending on the specific form of cancer. Aside from facing after-effects and longterm check-up’s / monitoring, these success stories show quality of life regained and an intact perspective of these young people.


Back in Life    

11 years after being diagnosed with cancer and being treated successfully, Philipp looks back at a report he wrote at school. He covers the moment he was diagnosed, the disease and intense treatment as detils his recovery and a life or remission that still has some restrictions.  It all began when he turned 11 years old would never imagine what was to come after falling ill. The first symptoms included nausea and black-outs.  Weeks later he had lost a significant amount of weight  and his paediatrician found his intracranial pressure elevated. At the children’s hospital the oncologists diagnosed him with a medulloblastoma – a brain tumor of the posterior fossa . Today, 11 years later after surgery and chemotherapy he has returned to an almost normal of life having always receiving a lot of support from family and a professional school.    


She is doing well    

Would you still laugh that way after sharing the same medical history? Qendresa is always very positive about her future perspective and its development knowing how much she was helped by the oncologists. Now being over 20 years old, she wants to give courage to all those affected.

Her medical history is a typical one. At the age of 2 ½ years she was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma near the upper spine.  Substantial medical surgery and chemotherapy was needed to help her survive.  Recently she wrote about her journey in her final thesis at school. She detailed all the strong influences she encounted over the years especially that of fear and weakness.  Yet also captured the strength of the people that surrounded her in the profound know-how of researchers and doctors and love and care from her family. 

Read her story here (German only)

Newsletter-Art. Quendresa (0.27 MB)

My tumor sleeps most of the time

To be ill but live like everyone else – that is the challenge Jana and her family are facing every day. Not to always think of the tumor but accepting it and keep it under control by means of efficient therapy and some medical aides. Not every brain tumor tends to be aggressive and not all medical history seems to be hopeless.

Jana is somehow lucky. Here brain tumor is considered inoperable. It is positioned near the brain stem and adhered with the brain tissue.  In Jana’s case therapy was and is efficient – she can live with her tumor leaving some uncertainty that it could start to grow again. That would then demand for another round of chemotherapy and the side-effects. While researchers and doctors are underway to develop new and innovative therapies Jana and her family stay positive.    

Article from the magazine SPRECHSTUNDE (German only)

Artikel Sprechstunde 2014 (0.35 MB)
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