Around 300 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year in Austria. Eight out of ten of these will recover and survive this severe illness. But twenty years ago only two out of ten child patients had any real chance of surviving. These numbers reflect the rapid medical progress made in the area of paediatric oncology. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, his or her life changes in an instant. Nothing is the same as it was any more. But the fear and despair can sometimes best be countered by telling them everything about what they are frightened of.
If anyone needs more information, the Austrian Childhood Cancer Organisation (Österreichische Kinder-Krebs-Hilfe) offers an abundance of information materials in German on the subject of “Cancer in Children and Teenagers” .
You can order information brochures on individual types of cancer and on common examination methods in our online-shop.
In accordance with the principle of “Offer strength and hope - Survive!”, the Childhood Cancer Organisation has been organising camps for children and teenagers suffering from cancer for over 20 years, to help them regain control of their lives, deal with their fears and build up their self-confidence.
The psychosocial aftercare of former child cancer sufferers is becoming more and more important, especially as almost every child and teenager has to deal with long term consequences of their illness of some sort, be it medical, psychological or social.
You can find out about the camps we offer for sufferers and their siblings in the Aftercare & Camps section. The “Island of Sun” (“Sonneninsel”) is currently under development in Seekirchen on the Wallersee, the first nationwide psychosocial centre for children and youths suffering from cancer.
Do you have any questions or need more information? Our staff will be happy to help you:
Österreichische Kinder-Krebs-Hilfe (Austrian Childhood Cancer Organisation)
1090 Vienna, Borschkegasse 1/7
Tel: 0043 (1) 402 88 99-0
Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.