- 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.