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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | I am Dutch, Female & Successful
The best care and research for children with cancer Named after one of the Netherland’s most high profile women, the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is on a mission to increase survival rate among children with cancer. Founded last year by parents of patients and Dutch pediatric oncology specialists, it will become the main centre of knowledge and care in the field. TEXT & PHOTOS: THE PRINCESS MáXIMA CENTER
One in every 300 persons develops cancer before the age of 18 years. Each year in the Netherlands about 550 children in the age of 0-18 years are diagnosed with cancer. Most cancer types in children are different from those in adults. Therefore, specific knowledge and research is necessary to treat these children, continue to improve treatments and increase the survival rate. There are many different types of childhood cancer and each of these is rare; most types of childhood cancer are diagnosed in less than 25 children per year in the Netherlands. In the last 50 years, the overall survival rate has gone up from about 20 to 75 per cent. Nevertheless, one in four children with cancer dies and cancer is still the most frequent cause of death at childhood age in
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the Western world. Also, a significant number of children who are cured suffer from one or more serious side effects of the intensive treatments.
Concentration Currently, children with cancer receive treatment in seven different pediatric oncology centres in the Netherlands. At each centre, scientific research into pediatric oncology is also conducted. This means that both care and research are very dispersed. Concentration of care and research into one national pediatric cancer centre will facilitate new and better opportunities in treatment strategies, maximise knowledge and experience about the types of cancer,
integrate research and care and educate new oncology talent. The Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology is a unique initiative of the patients’ association (represented by their
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