Protecting future survival

THE number of adult survivors of childhood cancer increased from around one in 1000 to around one in 715 in the UK between 2005 and 2012.

As a consequence, there is likely to be an increasing demand upon primary care to monitor patients for ‘late effects’ or chronic severe or life-threatening consequences of their original malignancy and its treatment. Up to 40% of survivors will develop a late effects problem that will need assessment and intervention.

Primary care