International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September marks International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Around the world, during the month of September organisations highlight childhood cancer, educating the community on the different types of cancer in children, treatments, survivorship issues and the impact of cancer on the family.
Each year in Australia, approximately 700 children aged 0 to 14 years are diagnosed with cancer. In Victoria, the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) leads a networked paediatric cancer care system for Victoria. The PICS works collaboratively with the two tertiary diagnostic and treatment centres at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, as well as with the statewide paediatric radiation therapy service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and regional shared care centres. Working in collaboration, the PICS drives evidence-based innovation and quality improvement within a connected service system.
This year, the PICS together with the partnering health services is hosting events in September to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Victoria, and to support and educate the paediatric oncology community, including families and health professionals.