- Cancer is the leading cause of death by illness in children ages 0 to 18
- One child in 400 will get cancer before the age of 15
- More than half of children are under the age of 5 when they are diagnosed
- Only one-third get leukemia; the rest develop solid tumours
- More boys than girls are diagnosed with cancer
- Since 1980, the cure rate of the principal pediatric cancers has risen from 35% to over 80% today
Investments to serve the community
In 2017, Fondation Charles-Bruneau marked its 27th anniversary. In those 27 years, more than $50 million has been invested (over $8M of it in donations from Tremblant’s 24h since the start of the partnership) in research ($10 million) and in building and equipping ($40 million) a cancer centre and three pediatric oncology units in Quebec.
The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau at CHU Sainte-Justine was the reason the Fondation was created 27 years ago. Today, it is the leading pediatric oncology centre in Quebec, treating more than 60% of Quebec children who have cancer – of which about 70% come from outside of Montreal. The centre receives 15,000 patients each year.
- The Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau CHU Sainte-Justine is the only institution of its kind in the province; it is internationally renowned
- It performs all of the pediatric bone marrow grafts in Quebec
- More than 1,100 children are followed each year at the Centre
- The average age of children treated at the Centre is 7 years
- Since opening in 1995, the Centre has recorded nearly 15,000 appointments and outpatient treatments each year
- More than 80 researchers work at the Centre
- 70% of the children treated at the Centre come from outside of Montreal
Fondation Charles-Bruneau: recent accomplishments
The Unité d’oncologie pédiatrique Charles-Bruneau CHUS-Hôpital Fleurimont in Sherbrooke was inaugurated in March 2014 with a donation of $1 million from the Fondation. The unit has improved accessibility to pediatric oncology services in the regions of Estrie, Centre-du- Québec and part of Montérégie.
The Centre de traitement de jour en hémato-oncologie Charles-Bruneau at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital opened in May 2015 after a donation of $1.5 million from the Fondation. The hemato-oncology day treatment centre was designed for patient comfort and safety and receives some 7,000 patients each year.
Lastly, the Centre mère-enfant Soleil au CHU de Québec, made possible by a $5 million donation from the Fondation in 2012, will open its long-awaited Charles-Bruneau unit in the spring of 2018. This major project will consolidate pediatric oncology treatments and services and enable the purchase of specialized equipment for pediatric patients in the greater Quebec City area and the eastern part of the province. The renovations will give children and their families more single-bed rooms, quadruple treatment capacity, and create two pressurized isolation rooms.
Fondation Charles-Bruneau is proud to have a presence in every university-affiliated hospital devoted to treating children’s cancers in Quebec.
We thank Fondation Charles-Bruneau for providing the statistics.