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Eur J Cancer. 2016 Feb;54:64-68. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2015.10.007. Epub 2015 Dec 28.

Transition guidelines: An important step in the future care for childhood cancer survivors. A comprehensive definition as groundwork.

Author information

1
Emma's Children Hospital, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2
Emma's Children Hospital, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Electronic address: h.j.vanderpal@amc.uva.nl.
3
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
4
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
5
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
6
Semmelweis University, 2nd Department of Paediatrics, Budapest, Hungary.
7
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
8
University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; University of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland.
9
St. Anna Children's Hospital, Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are essential to ensure that childhood cancer survivors at risk of chronic health conditions receive effective long-term follow-up care. However, adult survivors of childhood cancer are not always engaged in recommended health promotion and follow-up practices, as many centres do not have a formal transition programme that prepares survivors and their families for successful transfer from child-centred to adult-oriented healthcare. The need for a specific pan-European guideline for the transition of care for childhood cancer survivors has been recognised. The first step is to define the concept of transition of care for survivors of childhood cancer based on existing evidence.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood cancer survivors; Guidelines; Long-term follow-up care; Transition

PMID:
26735352
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejca.2015.10.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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