Erice Statement, October 2006
The long-term goal of the cure and care of the child with cancer is that he/she become a resilient, fully functioning, autonomous adult with an optimal health-related quality of life, accepted in the society at the same level of his/her age peers.
The number of subjects that have successfully completed treatment for a cancer diagnosed during childhood and are entering adulthood is increasing over time. 45 paediatric cancer experts (representing oncologists, psychologists, nurses, epidemiologists, parents, and survivors) from 13 European countries (with five additional experts from North America) to Erice, Sicily (from October 27 to 29, 2006) to discuss the circumstances in which the word ‘cure’ should be used when speaking about children with cancer, and when and why continuing follow-up and care may be required. The objective of the gathering was to generate from the personal and professional experience of the participants an overview statement of the group’s philosophy of cure and care of survivors of childhood cancer. The ten points reflect what the group considers essential in the survivors’ cure and care.
Here you can find the complete text of the “Erice Statement”: