Lottery of child cancer after-care

Cancer charities have called for better long term care for
children who survive cancer.

A study has found that nearly half of doctors discharge their
child patients as soon as treatment is finished while others ensure
they are followed up for life.

Cancer Research UK and the UK Children’s Cancer Study
Group are calling for updated guidelines on following up child
cancer patients.

Study author Dr Aliki Taylor, a Cancer Research UK Training
Fellow at the University of Birmingham, says: “The treatment for
childhood cancer has been so successful that now more and more
patients are surviving the disease. Long-term follow-up is
essential as survivors can still experience health problems many
years after treatment has finished.”

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