Partner: Associazione Oncologia Pediatrica e Neuroblastoma – OPEN Onlus
Project co-funded with Ri-Diamo Onlus Association:
A child who has already battled and overcome illness needs, and is entitled, not to be left alone, to prevent any potential relapse and also to have the necessary psychological support in his or her everyday life. To live a worry-free life for once. Young and older children who have survived cancer are presented with a “SurPass Passport”, namely a digital document that assures them care and support for the rest of their lives
Thanks to current treatments, more than 75% of children with cancer are cured nowadays and become Long-Term Child Cancer Survivors (LSTP in Italy). We shouldn’t forget, though, that even cured patients experience delayed effects which can emerge many years later. These could be new pathologies and neoplasias, falling behind at school, psychomotor issues and complications reintegrating into everyday life.
The health service, which should continue to monitor patients in the long term, often encounters various obstacles like difficult-to-source documentation or incomplete case histories. We don’t want to leave these children and young people on their own. The first pilot case to receive the “SurPass Passport” – a customised document available in all European languages – were children from the paediatric ward at the Pausilipon Hospital in Naples and G. Gaslini in Genoa. With this certificate detailing the patient’s history and a preventive screening programme, early intervention can be done to protect organs at risk or in the event of a relapse.
We want to assure children cured of cancer a better life, and our sole objective is to take their hand and lead them towards a happy future.