A children`s cancer center for Heidelberg
Charitable foundation “Dietmar-Hopp-Stiftung” will donate 20 million Euros
Heidelberg University Hospital and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) will build a new research hospital for pediatric oncology in the „Neuenheimer Feld“. The center will include both, patient care and research, under one roof. In a press conference on Wednesday, 23. November 2016, the cooperation partners are announcing their plans to the public.
The center will be named „Hopp-Kindertumorzentrum am NCT Heidelberg“ (short: KiTZ) according to the main donator`s last name and its relation to the NCT Heidelberg. KiTZ will be built in the gap between the NCT building an the Children`s hospital. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new building, that will cost approximately 40 million Euro in total, is planned for 2017. 2020, the building will be completed.
The main aim of KiTZ is to enable the development of new solutions for diagnosis and therapy of children`s cancer. Finding new tools against children`s cancer is highly important, because even though 80 percent of childhood tumors can nowadays be treated successfully, the cure rates have been stagnating for years and many survivors suffer from severe sequelae. Even today, cancer is the second most cause of death in children and teenagers below 18 years in Germany.