Cancer in children is rare with approximately 1 in 500 affected and representing only 1% of all cancers in humans. It is very different from the typical epithelial cancers of adulthood.

Paediatric oncology is an orphan disease area needing the full support of the society to give children and adolescents an improved perspective for high-quality long-term cure. 

The St. Anna Children's Cancer Research Institute (CCRI) advances diagnosis, prognosis and treatment strategies for children and adolescents suffering from cancer by conducting basic laboratory, translational and clinical research into the specific features of different paediatric cancers with the aim to make the most innovative treatment options available to young patients.

Prof. Helmut Gadner, MD, MD (HC)
CCRI`s former Director