What the protocols are
The treatment protocols assist in ensuring the most accurate diagnosis, and test innovative pharmaceutical treatments.
The international cooperative treatment protocols aim to find new prognostic factors, for more accurate diagnosis and classification, through the direct cooperation of medical teams across the globe.
- A more individualised treatment of patients (more intensive treatment for high-risk patients and less intensive for low-risk ones).
- Further improvement of the survival rate.
- Further improvement of the quality of life (by reducing the side-effects of treatment).
They also test new drug combinations and innovative drugs, with significant benefits for patients and without burdening the health system.
How our children are benefited
Children in Greece receive the same care as children abroad and there is communication with a wide network of doctors.
Participation in treatment protocols is a major step in the fight against childhood and adolescent cancer in Greece.
It helps doctors improve the quality of care they provide to our children:
- Children in Greece receive the same level of care as any other child in any advanced country, without needing to travel abroad.
- Diagnosis and staging of the disease is discussed in real time with cooperative teams internationally.
- The use of groundbreaking diagnostic techniques not readily available in Greece is possible.
- Treatment is determined and rescheduled based on the data of each protocol, and is adjusted in real time for every child individually.
- There is communication with a wide network of doctors, for immediate decision-making by the international cooperative teams.
- The high level of the Greek medical community, which participates in knowledge production, is recognised.
Floga – EEPAO cooperation
Floga responded to the request of the EEPAO for inclusion and participation in treatment protocols.
Recognising the significance of protocols in the medical care of children, Floga responded to the request of the Hellenic Society of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology (EEPAO) for inclusion and participation in them.
Memorandum of cooperation
A relevant memorandum of cooperation was signed in 2019.
Floga secured the financial resources required to meet the:
- Cost of participation (it is expected to exceed €600,000).
- Annual ordinary cost of the operation of the programme.
In this context, we submitted an application for inclusion in the Regional Operational Programme Attica 2014-2020.
The EEPAO has undertaken to:
- Implement and oversee the programme.
- Be exclusively responsible for the proper implementation of the relevant legislation.
The members of the EEPAO in all the Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Centres in Greece will participate in the protocols.
Inclusion in the protocols
The EEPAO started participating in the treatment protocols in 2020.
The EEPAO has been preparing the groundwork for some time and its members have the knowledge and experience to meet the high demands for proper implementation of protocols / clinical studies.