The Laboratory for Childhood Cancer Research of the Hospital Sant Joan de Deu is a centre for research and diagnosis exclusively devoted to the study of cancer which affects our children and youngsters.
The project starts in the year 2003 in view of the need to dispose of a first-level research centre which provides the most adequate molecular diagnosis for each tumour and brings about new knowledge in the biology of some of the tumours of development. The combination of both factors enables to progress in the search for new treatments and, therefore, increase the rates of recovery and survival of children with cancer.
The priority goal of this laboratory is to offer patients all the molecular and cellular biology techniques currently available for the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of their illness, either fulfilling them in the same lab or in cooperation with other national and international specialised laboratories.
There are very few research teams who focus their work on the study of childhood cancer, which shows the great relevance of this project for progressing in the treatment of this illness.
From its beginning, the work carried out by this lab researchers enables to apply to the patients the protocols used in the most important medical centres in the world, with whom they are in permanent contact.
Based on the principle that each patient and each tumor is different, their aim is to reach a personalized treatment for each child, so that every one of them has the highest possibility to overcome cancer.
The key to fulfil this goal is research, being essential to have a laboratory fitted with the best resources (human and equipment). This is the only way we can beat cancer, just by researching and knowing cancer in depth we will be able to overcome it.