Childhood Cancer Research

Why Childhood Cancer Research

Children develop different types of cancer than adults. Cancer cells multiply enormously quickly in childhood tumors. If left untreated, life is at risk.

Successes in cancer research have been achieved in the treatment of adult cancer. Adult drug dose is not easy to convert for children. It needs its own diagnostics and new drugs.

Out of 230 children and young people who develop childhood cancer in Switzerland every year, about 40 children still die.
The chances of a cure for leukemia are now 78 percent. h. Those affected tend to die in early adulthood.

What is beeing researched


The strong combination of research and clinical experience ensures that the latest scientific findings are quickly made available to patients and translated into life-saving therapies. The research projects focus on curing the most serious cancers in children and adolescents. Childhood cancer research is part of the Research Center for Children (FZK) at Children’s Hospital Zurich






Why childhood Cancer research

The numerous success stories confirm the importance of childhood cancer research. More than 10 research teams are working on new therapies in Switzerland. Researchers in the laboratory and hospital work up to 70 hours a week to improve diagnostics and develop new therapies. Not all projects are financially feasible today. Children’s Cancer Research Switzerland is therefore dependent on donations. We would like to support that.

The most common cancers in children

  1. Leukaemia

    The most common type of leukaemia is leukaemia, in which the production of white blood cells is disturbed: The immature cells divide too quickly and flood the body. At the same time, they are no longer able to perform their actual duities properly.

  2. Soft Tissue Tumors
    Soft tissue tumors occur in muscles, ligaments, joints or nerve tissue. They are caused by a malignant change in immature precursor cells of the soft tissues, which include muscle, fat and connective tissue as well as peripheral nerves.
  3. Brain Tumor
    Brain tumors are benign or malignant tumours in the brain, the cerebrospinal cavities, the skins or the nerves of the brain. First signs: unsafe gait, headache, vomiting or paralysis or a change in the child’s character.




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