Introduction: Paediatric oncology: Survivorship from Childhood Cancer


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Adam Glaser1
1St James's Hospital, Leeds, UK

Abstract

Cancer prevalence is increasing by 3.2% per annum with the resultant prediction that the 2 million people alive with or following cancer in the UK in 2011 will increase to 4 million by 2030. Experience from the investigation of large cohorts of adult survivors of childhood cancer identifies significant late physical, psychological and social morbidity.

Whilst there is increasing evidence of extensive unmet need in survivors of adult cancer, comprehensive definition is required to enable optimal provision of appropriate and sustainable health care.

Lessons learned from the childhood and adult cancer experience will be presented in this session including research into the possible identification of, and screening for, genetic risk factors for late morbidity.