Paediatric oncologists ask for GPs' help

Paediatric oncologists are pleading for more GPs to engage with managing childhood cancer survivors.

Huge advances in treatment mean 80% of children with cancer now survive the disease.

But with lasting side effects and lifelong follow-up required, paediatric hospitals are facing an unsustainable workload as childhood leukaemia, brain, bone, kidney and liver cancer patients survive into adulthood.

"It's really not appropriate for a 30-year-old to be coming to a children's hospital to get follow-up care," said Dr Melissa Gabriel, co-ordinator of the long-term follow-up clinic at the

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