Project News and Updates.
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the project – as our Research Manager, Julie Byrne, often reminds us, time flies!
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UMC-Mainz researchers have published an overview of the PanCareLIFE project in the German journal Onkologe, Europäische PanCare-Studien zu Spätfolgen nach Krebs im Kindes- und Jugendalter, Onkologe 2018 24:754–759.
You can read the full article here!
Our latest paper, published in the European Journal of Cancer, describes the scientific rationale for the PanCareLIFE project (103:227 – 237 (2018)).
Read more here!
The WP3 team has published their protocol paper on two fertility studies completed as part of PanCareLIFE:
Fertility Among Female Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer: Protocol for Two Pan-European Studies (PanCareLIFE) in JMIR Res Protoc. (2018 14;7(9):e10824).
You can read the full open access paper here!
On 29 Sept, over 200 young adult survivors of cancer gathered in Köln for the first Survivor Day of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation (DKS). PanCareLIFE was represented by Dr. Gabriele Calaminus, Dr. Desiree Grabow, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Langer, Prof. Dr. Anja Borgmann-Staudt and Katja Baust. In Germany, around 50,000 survivors are considered cured, and the DKS is committed to standing by patients during and long after treatment. The event celebrated that many former patients are doing well today, enjoying and celebrating their lives. At the same time, the event also offered information about life after cancer and reflected on how difficulties and long-term consequences can be successfully managed. The conclusion of the Survivor Day was a “Kölscher Abend” with a charity concert by the Cologne band “Miljö” and a performance by “Lichtblick”.
The PanCare network has been involved in two EU-funded research projects (PanCareLIFE, PanCareSurFup) to advance knowledge of late effects and advance survivorship care for childhood cancer survivors. Deutschlandfunk Kultur spoke to cancer survivor Christine and PanCareLIFE coordinator Dr. Peter Kaatsch to learn more about the impact of European-funded research. The impact of Brexit on European research was also discussed.
PanCare Network, Prague (April 2018)
Coordinated through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort has been assembled through the efforts of 31 participating centers in the United States and Canada. You can learn more about an important new tool that the Long Term Follow Up (LTFU) Study have developed to help survivors of childhood cancer, and their health care providers, be more aware of their personal risk of heart attack and stroke, and more in their latest newsletter…
It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since the first Erice statement in 2016, which laid out 10 key points summarising the essential components of cure and care for childhood cancer survivors!
In Nov 2016, 65 pediatric cancer experts from 17 European countries and North America, including many members of the PanCareLIFE team, met in Erice as part of the semi-annual PanCare meeting to review the original statement. They have now published an updated version of the statement in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-018-0701-0).
On 21 June, members of the German press joined a tour of three EU projects in Mainz, which included PanCareLIFE. The tour was organised by the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Bonn.
During an hour-long session, the impact of PanCareLIFE’s research into fertility and hearing impairment late effects in long-term survivors was described, as well as how our results can be used to inform the development of future diagnostics and therapies for young cancer patients. During the visit, survivors also talked about their lives after cancer.
Following the tour, the EU projects featured in an article in Allgemeine Zeitung.
The project summary presented at the tour is available in German.
Coordinator Peter Kaatsch (middle) with members of the Mainz PanCareLIFE team, Claudia Spix (left) and Desiree Grabow (right)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602030. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.