The 2018 Mazzucato Report for the European Commission outlined a mission-oriented approach for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The recent confirmation (September 2019) that cancer will be the topic for the health mission area is very welcome and we strongly believe this should include a mission to beat childhood cancers.
The European strategic research priorities for childhood cancer are well defined, but now require strong investment in an integrated programme of research to realise the seven key objectives of the SIOPE Strategic Plan.
A European mission to beat childhood cancer could lead to a visionary and tangible change for children and adolescents with cancer and equalise survival across Europe while contributing to significant knowledge advancement in basic science for the benefit of all patients with cancer.
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