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There are four main themes stemming from the guidelines that aim to shape care for this patient group. These are: psycho-social and supportive care; place of care; pathways of care and the multidisciplinary team; and improving the clinical outcomes. The guidance outlines the need for principal treatment centres (PTC) to address all of the themes.
Whether a young person has access to a PTC or not, it’s up to us, as health and social care professionals, to support the unique challenges young people with cancer face. You can read more about the issues affecting children and young people with cancer, and how Macmillan professionals are helping to improve care for this group, in this edition of Mac Voice.
1. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Improving Outcomes in Children and Young People with Cancer. 2005. NICE, London.
2. Pearce S. Policy and practice in teenage and young adult cancer care in England: Looking to the future. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 2009. 13; 149–153.
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