Facts about cancer treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital
The Children's Hospital in Sheffield treats 60 - 70 new cases of cancer every year. The children and young people can undergo a variety of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplant.
Treatment can last from a couple of months to three years depending on the type of cancer.
Finishing treatment can be an anxious time for patients and their families and the unit runs End of Treatment meetings, a UK first scheme, to help them through this period.
Four out of five childhood cancer patients now survive long term. Many of these can go on to lead normal healthy lives but a significant number have ongoing medical and psychosocial problems which can impact on their life.
For this reason children and young adults who have been treated for cancer are followed up long term in a multidisciplinary Late Effects Clinic to look out for long term consequences of their treatment and to continue supporting them in their return to normal life.
Dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, sportsmen and many others in Sheffield are getting together to celebrate life with youngsters who have, or have had, cancer.
Around 150 young people and their families, treated at The Children's Hospital, Sheffield's Oncology or Haematology Department in the last 10 years, have been sent special invitations to the 'Do it for you' celebration.
Our department is not the easiest area to work in because we do have some very sick children, but when we see them get better and thrive it's fantastic. 'Do it for You' is about letting them know there's still a lot of support for them here at the hospital and in the community. It can be hard, even after beating cancer to get back to a normal life, and so information on how to eat healthily, exercise and keep positive is extremely important. We think the groups we've got coming will show our young people all the different activities they can get involved with in Sheffield and beyond."