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The rights of children during treatment and beyond

Find out all about the basic institutional rights of your child during treatment and beyond.

Children suffering from cancer are considered to be people with disabilities for as long as the health committees deem so and are protected by the state laws.

For your child to be benefited, they must hold a certificate from the Disability Certification Centre (KEPA) confirming that they have a disability rating of 67% or over 50% for certain cases.

What your child is entitled to when undergoing treatment

  • Welfare benefit (KEPA). The benefit is paid every 2 months and starts on the day you submit all the supporting documents.
  • Nutrition assistance benefit. It is paid every 2 months to those who have undergone autologous or allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.
  • Home tutoring. Your child has the right to be justifiably absent from school and be tutored at home by a teacher appointed by the Ministry of Education.
  • Tax breaks.
  • Social residential tariff. You can get a discount on your electricity bill, depending on your family income.

What your child is entitled to after treatment

  • Admission to higher education. Candidates suffering from serious conditions can submit an application to be admitted to higher education through the 5% of all places reserved for disabled students.
  • Military service. They may apply to be excluded from mandatory military service due to illness, which is reviewed depending on the disease, the time of treatment, etc.
  • Unemployment card. They may apply for an unemployment card issued to special social groups.
  • Culture card. They are entitled to free access to archaeological sites and specific cultural events.
  • Physiotherapy. 10 sessions, 2 times a year.

Find out all the rights, the process and the supporting documents you will need in the Floga guide for the Rights of children during treatment and beyond (only available in Greek).

We tried to put together all the rights arising from your child’s illness because every parent has the right to be informed.

Every parent is responsible for contacting the competent authorities to clarify the details and find out about any changes.

Further information

Find guides and information about the day-to-day life of your child during treatment.

The Alphabet Book of Knowledge

An alphabet book based on scientific knowledge and experience, but written in simple terms as it is addressed to parents.

It aims to inform parents and explain to them processes that they will face during their child’s illness, but also provide advice on day-to-day matters.

Read the The Alphabet Book of Knowledge online or get a hard copy from the offices of Floga (only available in Greek).

The Alphabet Book of Knowledge was written by Ms Loukia Boulgkoura.

European Standards of care for Children with Cancer

The European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP Europe or SIOPE) has compiled the European Standards of care for Children with Cancer.

It is a very important reference text for the requirements that every centre caring for children with cancer must fulfil.

Pain in Children with Cancer

Find out the usual sources of pain in children with cancer and how to manage pain in children. Discover the usual myths associated with pain in children.

Pain in children with cancer (only available in Greek) has been written by doctors of the P & A Kyriakou Children’s Hospital oncology department.

Malignant Diseases in Children

A guide addressed to parents with general information about childhood cancer.

Read the Malignant Diseases in Children (only available in Greek).

Online resources

Advice for safe information searches on the internet.

3+1 tips to keep in mind when looking up information online:

  1. Reliable and quality information. All sources are not reliable. Make sure you get your information from official bodies and medical associations. Do not trust sources of a dubious nature, such as social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or online newspapers and magazines with news and entertainment content.
  2. Who is the website addressed to. Opt for websites addressed to parents and patients. The websites addressed to oncologists usually contain information that requires previous knowledge and expertise.
  3. Search results. Many times these contain websites that concern adult and not childhood cancer. Although the names of some types of cancer are the same, childhood cancer differs as to its treatment and prognosis.
  4. Confirmation from your doctor. Always discuss any information you find with the doctor treating your child. They are the only ones who know your child’s case and can provide sound advice.

Useful links

Hellenic Society of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology (EEPAO)

European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP Europe or SIOPE)

Hellenic Paediatric Society