PanCare is a multidisciplinary pan‐European network of professionals, survivors and their families that aims to reduce the frequency, severity and impact of late side‐effects of the treatment of children and adolescents with cancer. PanCare is working to achieve equity of access to care for childhood cancer survivors across Europe, to perform collaborative research and to act as a resource of research based information concerning all late side‐effects of cancer treatment. An important aim of PanCare is to work with the European Community to increase awareness and research about childhood cancer survivors. 

The mission of PanCare is to ensure equal access to optimal long-term care and to improve quality of life for every child and adolescent in Europe after their cancer treatment.


The Stanislaw Garwicz Memorial Fund for PanCare

Stanislaw Garwicz was born in 1935 in Kraków, Poland. His mother was a high school teacher and his father was a lawyer. In medical school, Stanislaw met his future wife, Barbara, who became a dentist. Stanislaw graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1960. In 1967, he defended his PhD thesis on the treatment of acute leukemia in children with a low protein and purine free diet with professor Boguslaw Halikowski as promotor and in 1968 he became a specialist in paediatrics. In Kraków, Stanislaw also worked alongside professor Jerzy Armata, who through contacts with and visits to the United States had lifted paediatric haematology and oncology in Poland to a level far above many countries in the west. The work in Poland was inspired by the work of Sidney Farber in Boston and Donald Pinkel in Memphis with the “total therapy” concept for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In 1969, Stanislaw moved to Sweden together with his family and settled in Lund, where he eventually initiated a special ward for paediatric cancer at the University Hospital of Lund. The prognosis for children with cancer was very poor at this time and Stanislaw became a key figure in the leukemia and lymphoma world in particular and paediatric oncology in general from then on up until his retirement. Among his major accomplishments were the formation of the paediatric working group for solid tumours in children (VSTB) in 1974, the first Nordic paediatric cancer meeting in 1980 and the formation of the Nordic society for paediatric haematology and oncology (NOPHO) in 1982. As cure from childhood cancer soon was found to come at a cost, Stanislaw together with Eva Ståhl at the Department of Oncology started the first late effects clinic in Lund in 1987.  It was the only one of its kind in Sweden up until 2012. In 2000, Stanislaw retired from clinical duty, but his profound research interest in paediatric oncology remained and among other things together with Thomas Wiebe he envisioned a data base where data from all paediatric cancer patients in the southern region of Sweden was to be collected. Stanislaw’s vision was to gradually increase the survival of patients through improved treatment protocols and clinical research studies, striving to minimize serious side effects. This could only be accomplished by collaboration at the regional, national, and international level over the decades. In 2007, the first European late effects meeting (ESLCCC) was held in Lund in honour of Stanislaw. He was one of the founding members of the PanCare network, launched in 2008. His wisdom and great knowledge was a continuing source of support and guidance at the many PanCare meetings he attended. In the PanCareSurFup project between 2011 and 2017 he was work package leader for the late mortality study. Unfortunately, Stanislaw Garwicz passed away on 27th of November 2018 and was therefore not able to see the final results being published.  His legacy as a caring and compassionate doctor to his patients and their parents is something we all should strive to emulate. Stanislaw will be greatly missed by everyone who had the fortune to meet him, both at home and across the world.


Upcoming meetings/events

  • 24th PanCare Fall Meeting - 11-13 September 2019, Basel, Switzerland

PanCare projects

  • PanCareFollowUp PanCare Follow Up Studies on Survivorship Care for Childhood Cancer Survivors in Europe (Coordinator: Leontien Kremer; 2019-2023)

  • PanCareLife PanCare Studies on Fertility and Ototoxicity to Improve Quality of Life after Cancer during Childhood, Adolescence and Young Adulthood (Coordinator: Peter Kaatsch; 2013-2018)   

  • PanCareSurFup - PanCare Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivor Care and Follow-up Studies (Coordinator: Lars Hjorth; 2011-2016)

  • Educational Booklet - Paediatric haematooncological educational booklet (Coordinator: Edit Bárdi)

  • ENCCA - European Network for Cancer research in Children and Adolescents (Coordinator: Riccardo Haupt)

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PanCare Committees

  • Advocacy, Awareness and Visibility Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Newsletter Committe
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Website committee
  • Election Committee
  • Audit Committee
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