MITERA Children’s Hospital is launching a new Oncology Center for children and adolescents, and the first Cancer Survivors’ Clinic in Greece.
The Oncology Center will consist of an in-patient unit, a day-care unit and an outpatient clinic and will be staffed by specialist medical and nursing staff, and also have a psychosocial support group. The new center will also be supported by FLOGA, the parent’s association of children with cancer because, as they believe, “When a child gets sick, the whole family suffers.”
Furthermore, taking into account the European standards on offering quality healthcare, and the Erice Statement (Sicily, October 2006), MITERA Children’s Hospital is also launching the first clinic in Greece for Cancer Survivors entitled NiKa (i.e. people who defeated cancer). The exclusive goal of the clinic, which will collaborate with KYTTARO, the Greek Cancer Survivors’ Association, is to offer quality healthcare to cancer survivors. The NiKa Clinic will also be staffed by experienced scientists covering a wide range of specialties and sub-specialties.
The two new centers will further expand the services provided by MITERA Children’s Hospital, which now covers the entire range of healthcare services and a complete support program for patients and their families.
Despite the rarity of the disease, scientific data shows that cancer is the most common cause of death in children after the first year of their life, apart from accidents. Nowadays, because of modern diagnostics, doctors’ knowledge of the early signs, well established treatments and medical and psychosocial support for patients, cancer can be successfully treated, and 3 out of 4 children in developed countries are cured.