Caring for children and young people with cancer

McInally, Wendy and McCann, Lisa (2021). Caring for children and young people with cancer. In: Glasper, Edward Alan; Richardson, James and Randall, Duncan eds. A Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing. London, UK: Elsevier, pp. 637–653.


Cancer is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in all age groups but is relatively uncommon compared to cancer in young people and adults (Children Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) 2018). Cancer care across the United Kingdom (UK) has dramatically improved for children and young people (Department of Health 2007) and knowledge, skills and expertise is essential in the care delivery both within the acute and community environment.
The aim of this Chapter is to give an overview of the care for children and young people with cancer and their families within the UK. There will also be an additional section on young people as care for this group of patients has changed since the early 1990’s when the first Teenage Cancer Unit (TCT) opened. Through the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and committed local advocates championing the special needs of young people, the UK has become a world leader in the provision of specialist cancer care for this patient group.

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