CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, is calling for changes to the health and care system so that young cancer patients get the best possible care and support – and that they, their families and health professionals have their voices heard by the government and NHS.
Last night, the charity held a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to launch its new, three year campaign ‘Better Care for Young Cancer Patients’.
The reception was attended by MPs who are championing the need for better care for young cancer patients in parliament.
Over the next three years, CLIC Sargent will be focusing on ensuring the health system is properly equipped to effectively identify cancer in children and young people as soon as possible.
The charity will also be looking at what needs to be done to help young cancer patients and their families remain resilient during treatment, and the support they need when they finish treatment, as well as improving access to palliative and end of life care.
CLIC Sargent chief executive Lorraine Clifton said: “We know cancer in a child or young person is rare, so reaching a diagnosis is difficult.
"But we also know some young cancer patients and their families feel they were not taken seriously when they told their doctor something was wrong."
“Despite this, the health service does not ask them about their experiences of cancer, and some health professionals feel that treatment and outcomes are not monitored as they should be, so action cannot be taken to improve things.
“Over the next three years, CLIC Sargent will be working with young cancer patients and their families, health and care professionals, policy makers, politicians and charities to recommend changes that need to take place so that young cancer patients get the best possible care and support at a time when their lives have been turned upside down.”
For more information about CLIC Sargent or the Better Care for Young Cancer Patients campaign, please contact Kat Baldwyn on 020 8752 2833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.
About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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