Age appropriate treatment proposed for young people with cancer

Children and young people with cancer should be treated in facilities that are appropriate for their age and by professionals who have had suitable training, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer.

The guidance, which has been widely welcomed by organisations working with children with cancer, recommends that children, young people and their families are supported by professional key workers who ensure their needs are assessed and met; their care is co-ordinated across the whole system; and the information they receive is appropriate for their age and culture.

Simon Davies, chief executive officer of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “The fact that Nice has recommended that age appropriate, safe and effective services are provided, alongside training for health professionals at every stage and all levels, is music to our ears.”

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