Group leader: Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Kuehni
The Paediatric Cancer Epidemiology Group studies the epidemiology of childhood cancer throughout life. We conduct population-based and epidemiological studies of incidence, causes and survival of childhood cancer, and prospective clinical follow-up studies on long-term outcomes after childhood cancer in Switzerland. We work closely together with the nine pediatric oncology clinics in Switzerland and the Childhood Cancer Registry (ChCR). The ChCR is a large national, population-based registry that includes detailed information on diagnosis and treatment of more than 8,600 children who have been diagnosed with cancer in Switzerland since 1976 (https://www.childhoodcancerregistry.ch). We participate in collaborative national and international research projects, such as the pan-European network for care of survivors after childhood and adolescent cancer (PanCare) and the International Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Guideline Harmonization Group (IGHG).
Research topics include incidence and survival of childhood cancer, and the burden and spectrum of late effects that childhood cancer survivors may experience such as hearing loss, cardiac and pulmonary dysfunction, and secondary neoplasms. We also investigate psychological and social aspects, health-related quality of life, health behaviours, and health care use.