Nowadays, childhood cancer patients survive much more often than they did 40 years ago. Therefore, the cure rates rise over 80%. Approximately 33,000 cured childhood cancer patients are documented by the German Childhood Cancer Registry (GCCR) for long-term follow-up in Germany. But does that mean, they are healthy, too? When compared to the normal population, it can be seen that morbidity and mortality are significantly higher among former childhood cancer patients. In two out of three survivors, the cancer and its treatments can lead to treatment-related late complications 30 years later; in about one-third, these late complications are classified as severe. A structured long-term follow-up is needed to detect and to treat new diseases early. The purpose of this position paper is to update the first position paper from 2007. Current developments are described, how appropriate aftercare structures and aftercare facilities should be planned, taking into account existing structures and increasing needs.
|Translated title of the contribution||Long-Term Follow-Up in Childhood Cancer Survivors - Position paper 2018 of the working group "long-term follow-up" of the Society of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology (GPOH) on long-term surveillance, long-term follow-up and late effect evaluation in pediatric oncology patients|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 01.10.2018|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)