Specialist centres for treatment and investigation

Children with suspected malignancy should be referred to a specialist centre for investigation and initial treatment. Thereafter, shared care may be carried out nearer to home at a local hospital. Most children across the country receive treatment as part of a national trial or protocol. This is co-ordinated by the United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group and similar groups in other countries, and the success of such trials and studies is one of the reasons for the improved outlook for childhood cancer. Overall long-term survival is ~60%.

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