Project #8491

Research and treatment of child cancer in Brazil

by GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer
Giving and mark forever his name in GRAACC
Giving and mark forever his name in GRAACC

The foundation for the excellent results conquered by GRAACC is the balanced combination of three elements: academic knowledge; management focused in results; and the participation of businessmen, and in addition to this the participation of the community by means of financial support and voluntary work.

Expansion of Hospital GRAACC is close to becoming reality, and our children want their name engraved on the premises of the new building. To join this initiative please donate $ 75.00 by Global Giving. Join!

The name to be placed on the board, will be the first and last name of the user of the donation. If we wish to briefly put the country of origin.

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Anual Report 2011 - Audited by KPMG
Anual Report 2011 - Audited by KPMG

Already on site GRAACC new Activity Report. We put ourselves at your disposal for any clarification.

Last year, we had a cost of approximately R$ 63.5 million (US$ 30.2 million) to keep the hospital. There were approximately 23,000 medical consultations, 49 bone marrow transplants (average cost of US$ 250/patient), 17,000 chemotherapies and 40 research. Our occupancy rate was almost 90%, it made us accelerate the delivery of hospital expansion.

Being a Brazilian hospital, in addition to the research and development of new profiisionais makes treating cases of high complexity. This focus makes our costs are extremely high.

75% of our children are from other hospitals across Latin America and 90% with no health insurance.

We are audited by KPMG. It is a great honor for our institution to have this transparency with Brazil and the world.

Help by Global Giving has been an important source of funding to help the sustainability of our project.

Access the link below and download our 2011 Annual Report.



Dr. Paulo Novaes receiving Medal of Honor
Dr. Paulo Novaes receiving Medal of Honor

Dr. Paulo Novaes, a radiologist at the Hospital of GRAACC receives honor of the Brazilian Society of Radiotherapy

In June, Dr. Paulo Novaes, a radiologist at the Hospital of GRAACC received a great honor: the Medal of Merit of the Brazilian Society of Radiotherapy.

Dr. Paulo Novaes is a graduate of Medical College of Santos (Faculdade de Medicina de Santos) (1976), Msc. (1995) and Ph.D. (2001) FMUSP, building a solid career since his residence in 1977 until 2010. In GRAACC acts since 2010, when he was invited to a big challenge: to coordinate the implementation of the Radiotherapy Service of the Hospital of GRAACC.

The Medal of Merit recognizes the importance of SBRT professional over 30 years of Dr. Paulo Novaes, not only to the practice and teaching physicians, but appreciation for his work in the specialty in Brazil and around the world.

One more victory to GRAACC, one more victory to BRAZIL, one more victory for our DONORS!


Gabriel Aguiar, 3, Retinoblastoma - Simon Plestenj
Gabriel Aguiar, 3, Retinoblastoma - Simon Plestenj

A simple picture is the greatest ally in the diagnosis of retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye that affects mainly children under 05 years.

Because of the tumor, which is housed in the eyeball, the pupil reflex changes to be recorded in the photos. Instead of "red eye" common in flash photography, who has the tumor away with a white color in sight.

"Examination of the fundus is very important and gives a more reliable diagnosis, but the white reflection is the most obvious sign. Parents need to inform and be vigilant" - says Carla Macedo, pediatric oncologist, GRAACC´s Hospital.

That's how Cleiciane Aguiar, mother of little Gabriel, now three years, discovered the child's disease.

A picture was taken by Gabriel to 11 months, a reflection of the eye was white, which made his mother take him to a query, so the eye doctor diagnosed the problem. The boy was referred for treatment in hospital GRAACC and today is healed.

"At first I did not know anything about the disease, and it was very difficult to get the news. Fortunately, Gabriel responded well to treatment and today leads a normal life" explains Cleiciane.

The early diagnosis and treatment greatly increase the chances that the child will recover almost without sequelae. Most cases in Brazil, only discovered in later stages.

The GRAACC´s Hospital is a referral in treating this type of case in Latin America, surpassing many hospitals, other continents, the number of patients seen.

In 2011, the GRAACC´s Hospital now offer their patients a new treatment for advanced intraocular retinoblastoma. The new treatment is already used in reference centers in Japan, USA and Europe, reduced rates of surgical removal of the eyeball, which usually occur due to late diagnosis. Through the procedure, chemotherapy drugs are applied directly to the tumor - taken by a catheter inserted into the femoral artery in the patient's leg, which runs through the body until you reach the ophthalmic artery. The result is reduction of side effects and longer shelf life of vision.

In Brazil, about 400 new cases of retinoblastoma per year. About 90% of the GRAACC patients are treated for free and with service excellence.


Patients in GRAACC have new alternative for the treatment of brain tumors which prevents repeated surgeries for the removal of brain tumors. because a new product already in use. Children with subependymal giant cell astrocytoma, a type of tumor that can cause even cause tumors in various organs, earning an alternative to surgery. The drug is indicated for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer and neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas is also approved for the treatment of this type of tumor that mainly affects children and adolescents and can be fatal.

During treatment with 75% of the patients had reduction GRAACC Hospital tumor volume by 30% and none of them had to undergo surgery during the period of treatment.

The quality of care, multidisciplinary and highly specialized care are some of the factors that position the day to day GRAACC as a reference center for the treatment of complex cases and rare childhood cancer, taking the lead in proposing and clinical studies involving multiple centers and hundreds of patients.



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GRAACC - Support Group for Adolescents and Children with Cancer

Location: Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tammy Allersdorfer
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil

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