Aladina Cancer Research Project: EPICkids 

The Mediterranean Diet in Pediatric Cancer

Fundación Aladina is spearheading an important research project called EPICkids, which focuses on investigating the effects of the Mediterranean Diet on the side effects of cancer treatments and the overall survival rates of pediatric cancer patients. 

This international study aims to provide valuable information and develop practical guidelines for medical teams regarding the nutritional status of children and adolescents in southern European countries, specifically those diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and certain types of brain tumors.

EPICkids involves collaboration with renowned research institutions such as Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Several prominent hospitals are also participating in the study, including Niño Jesús and La Paz in Madrid, Sant Joan de Déu and Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Virgen del Rocío in Seville, Fondazione Monza e Brianza and Fondazione IRCCS in Italy, and Aghia Sofia children’s hospital in Athens.

The research project aims to gather objective data and analyze critical nutritional parameters to understand the impact of the Mediterranean Diet on pediatric cancer patients. By examining the relationship between diet and cancer treatment outcomes, EPICkids intends to provide medical teams with evidence-based guidance and resources to better manage the nutritional needs of young patients. Ultimately, this research has the potential to improve the overall well-being, treatment effectiveness, and survival rates of children and adolescents undergoing cancer treatment in southern Europe.



European Prospective Study on Diet, Cancer and Health

EPICKids is an unprecedented choral work at an international level in the field of pediatric oncology. This study follows in the wake of the Epic Report, in which 12 European countries participated and more than half a million people were studied, studying dietary patterns, different biochemical parameters and survival. The results of the comparison of dietary consumption between the 23 European centers were published in 2002 and showed a protective effect of the consumption of fibers, fruits and vegetables on colorectal cancer, a protective effect of fruit consumption on lung, and fruits and vegetables on the upper digestive tract, while it has been confirmed that high consumption of fruits and vegetables has no effect on prostate cancer

Our commitment to research is absolute, which is why this study is 100% funded by Aladina.

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