The Alliance for Childhood Cancer represents more than twenty national patient advocacy groups and professional medical and scientific organizations. The Alliance was established in 2001 to advocate on behalf of the youngest victims of cancer. Patient advocates, many of whom are either cancer survivors themselves or are parents of children with cancer, are joined by oncology professionals and others representing the multidisciplinary spectrum of cancer care in a unique alliance that brings concerned parties together to advance the interests of children with cancer.
To provide a forum of national patient advocacy groups and medical and scientific organizations which meets regularly, shares ideas and concerns, and works collaboratively to advance research and policies to prevent cancer, and improve public education, and the diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and survivorship of children and
adolescents with cancer.
The concept for the Alliance for Childhood Cancer emerged from the National Summit Meetings on Childhood Cancer in 1999 and 2000, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Summit participants created a task force to implement the recommendations from the summit. One recommendation was to establish an alliance of concerned parties that would increase awareness of childhood cancer, advance research and policies to prevent cancer and improve diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and survivorship of children and adolescents with cancer. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) facilitated the groundwork and the Alliance for Childhood Cancer was officially launched on September 12, 2001. ASCO continues to provide support for the work of the Alliance.
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