Twenty-fifth Anniversary Celebrations for Children's Cancer Study Group
UK Children's Cancer Study Group, based at the University of Leicester, is
celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a series of events taking place throughout
Group was formed in 1977 by a small number of doctors with aims of improving the
management of children with cancer and advancing knowledge and study of
are now over 400 members and it is the only national organisation devoted to the
study and treatment of childhood cancer.
UKCCSG Data Centre, which coordinates the activities of the Group, has been
based within the University of Leicester since the late 1980s.
Over the years significant changes have taken place in treatment and care
of children with cancer and now around 70% of children with cancer are cured.
Art's in the right place
walls of the UKCCSG Data Centre will shortly be graced by a picture with a
difference! Vishal Joshi of Leicester is studying for his GCSEs but is also
being treated for Hodgkin's Disease at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Vishal chose
to focus on his cancer as the subject for his GCSE art exam.
Hearing of his artistic skills, the UKCCSG decided to offer Vishal his
first commission, that of producing a piece of artwork to mark the 25th
anniversary of the Group. Vishal accepted and visited the Data Centre in March to show
the preliminary sketches. These
show a leaping tiger in 3D format becoming bigger and stronger to symbolise the
tiger overcoming cancer. The
Group's accountants KPMG, were so impressed they agreed to donate £100 worth of
art material vouchers to the ward where Vishal is being treated.
partnership with the National Alliance of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations
(NACCPO) the UKCCSG is holding a meeting in London on Friday 5th July to
highlight the partnerships that have been so successful in improving the outcome
and quality of life of children with cancer and their families.
It will also focus on areas where there are continued problems and
shortfalls so that the strategies to address these issues can be planned.
Representatives from all 22 UKCCSG centres, partner organisations,
patients and families will be present at the meeting.
can I find out more about the history of childhood cancer in the UK?
What progress has been made in treatment over the last 25 years? How are
clinical trials developed? What's the story behind Contact magazine? What does
the future hold for children with cancer and their families?
All these questions and more can be answered in a commemorative history
of the UKCCSG to be launched on 2nd December 2002.
The book will cost £9.99 for a paperback and £19.99 for a hardback
and around 4th July patients and families will be invited to join in a number of
activities to celebrate the Group's anniversary in the 22 UKCCSG treatment
centres across the UK.
mark this special year the UKCCSG are selling 25th Anniversary leather bookmarks
in blue/silver at the bargain price of £1.00. All
money raised will go to support the work of the group.
To obtain your bookmark contact Angela Bartlam on
0116 249 4460.
to newsdesk: For
more information, please contact:
University of Leicester
3rd floor, Hearts of Oak House
9 Princess Road West
Leicester LE1 6TH
Tel: 0116 249 4485
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