International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (celebrated on the 15th of February) resulted in the meeting of members of the European Parliament prepared in cooperation with the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE) which took place on the 9th of February in Brussels. Young patients who overcame neoplastic diseases participated in the meeting as well. During the meeting, Jolanta Kwaśniewska and professor K. Pritchard-Jones from Institute of Child Health conducted a discussion panel devoted to providing the best possible quality of health care for children and youth with cancer in Europe.
Every year, thousands of parents from all over the world are informed that their child has cancer. In one second their peaceful lives turn into everlasting and strict battle with the disease. Luckily, there are new methods of treatment which constantly keep coming into practice. Lowered toxic level and higher efficiency are characteristic of them. The little patients and their parents still have to face new challenges. The initiative for partnerships of experts and parents of children with cancer was promoted as a method for standards improvement and is to be stressed during Polish presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2011.
Meeting host – Alojz Peterle – Member of the European Parliament noted that „Europe is still featured with inequality with respect to treatment of neoplastic diseases”. During the meeting, binding law of EU was discussed and criticized for suppressing rapid development in early identification of cancer as far as children are concerned. The need for regulation changes have been also proposed in order to speed up licence issuing for new drugs.