The CCLG supports the 1,700 children who develop cancer each year in Britain and Ireland. As an association for all healthcare professionals involved in their care, it works to benefit children through development of the highest standards of care.
It was formed in August 2006 as a result of a merger of the UK Children's Cancer Study Group and the UK Childhood Leukaemia Working Party, both of which had been in existence since the 1970s. In 2011, membership was opened up to include all allied healthcare professionals working in the area of childhood cancer.
Many activities contribute towards this goal: education, meetings, networking, liaison with governments and other bodies, information provision for families and healthcare professionals, and the promotion of research. Through a network of specialist centres, members aim to provide the best possible treatment for all children with cancer and leukaemia, wherever they live, and as close to home as possible.
The work of CCLG members over the last thirty years means that around 75% of children with cancer are now cured. Our aim is to cure even more children and we are working hard to ensure a normal future – both physical and emotional – for survivors.
CCLG supports research in a number of areas, including studies to improve our understanding of the biology of childhood cancers. The CCLG Tissue Bank is a vital asset in this work.
In recent years CCLG has become a leading producer of high quality information for patients and families. This includes Contact, a quarterly national magazine for families of children and young people with cancer, as well as a wide range of booklets and leaflets.
An Annual Review and Accounts, which gives details of key activities over the preceding year, is produced. A more detailed Scientific Report is produced for members only.