Childhood cancer

Childhood cancer kills 6’000 children and young people in Europe every year.

Every year, in Switzerland, roughly 300 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. In Europe this number is over 35’000.

Every week in Switzerland one child dies of cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and teenagers.

Today, 4 out 5 children survive at least 5 years, but often with serious long term side effects caused by their treatment or their cancer.

Considerable progress has been made in the past 50 years in the treatment of some childhood cancers, but this is not the case for all types.

It is impossible to measure the impact that childhood cancer has on it’s victims and their families by using statistics but research funding decisions are often based on numbers. Here are some facts about childhood cancer for you to consider:  


  • The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented. 
  • Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.
  • Today, about one in 600 young adults is a childhood cancer survivor  
  • The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society. 

Childhood cancer survival and consequences :

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It is crucial to develop better treatments for children with cancer in order to cure more kids and cure them better.

There are over 60 types of cancer in children, many of which are different from those in adults.

Despite advances in treatment, some cancers still have no cure today.

Leukemia represents 30% of childhood cancers, followed by brain and CNS tumours (20%).

Our partners in Switzerland :

The Swiss Pediatric Oncology Group (SPOG) is a non profit organization working in childhood cancer research, centered on the patient’s needs. SPOG seeks to improve treatments and quality of life for children and teenagers with cancer. Zoé4life supports SPOG projects by financing new studies in Swiss pediatric oncology hospitals.

In collaboration with le CHUV in Lausanne and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Zoé4life has established a partnership to introduce a new type of immunotherapy treatment in Switzerland : CAR-T Cells.

The cantonales leagues are non profit organizations affiliated with the Swiss Cancer League.  They work to support people with cancer in each respective canton.

Our International Partners :

Zoé4life maintains close relations with European and international organizations involved in the world of pediatric cancer. Collaboration and sharing of knowledge and experience allow us to move forward in our respective countries.  

We work together in Europe and internationally so that childhood cancer is recognized and considered a priority cause.

Other organizations working in the field of pediatric cancer

Many organizations are active in Switzerland to help children with cancer and their families. All have an important role and clearly defined goals. Each organization is essential and complementary, because together, we work to compensate for the gaps and shortcomings in health and social systems, despite living in a privileged country such as ours.

Organizations which provide living accommodations for families near the hospitals : 

In Lausanne :

In Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lucern and St. Gallen :

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Together we can make a difference

There are many ways to support us. Your commitment makes a difference for children with cancer and their families.

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