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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Mar;60(3):351-6. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24253. Epub 2012 Jul 27.

A systematic review of models of care for the follow-up of childhood cancer survivors.

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Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York, UK.


Follow-up care for survivors of childhood cancer is increasingly seen as a priority service as numbers of survivors increase. Despite this there are few published evaluations of the available options. We conducted a systematic review of published and unpublished literature. Seven uncontrolled studies, and one comparative study of a related intervention, were identified. Observational data suggest that follow-up care was useful even for patients who did not perceive this as a need. Suitably powered, well-conducted, controlled trials of adequate duration that directly compare follow-up models are required to provide robust evidence on the optimal care for these patients.

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