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More support for child cancer patients
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More support for child cancer patients

20.05.2015 From our online archive
Around 30 to 40 children in Luxembourg are diagnosed with cancer every year, with the Health Ministry planning on improving care and support under the national cancer plan, first announced in 2014.

(CS) Around 30 to 40 children in Luxembourg are diagnosed with cancer every year, with the Health Ministry planning on improving care and support under the national cancer plan, first announced in 2014.

Around 100 to 110 children undergo treatment for cancer or hematological diseases in the Grand Duchy every year, data has shown.

The Health Ministry therefore plans to establish a national network of pediatric hematology and oncology. This will be integrated in the pediatric service.

This network will aim at providing a wider range of services, as well as better coordinating treatment options and ensuring continuity of care for children aged under 18 and their parents. Additionally, it is hoped that children will thus be able to remain closer to their social environment, including family and friends.

The coordination for treatment outside of Luxembourg is also expected to be facilitated under the plans.

The pediatric oncology and hematology network will be established as part of the national cancer plan 2014 – 2018.

A second priority as the plan moves forward is the creation of a National Cancer Institute (INC), which is expected to be established before the summer break this year.

Its mission will be to bring together actors at national and international level, evaluate care and offer recommendations, as well as identifying new types of therapy and supporting their implementation in the Grand Duchy.

The INC will also work to distribute information about cancer to the general public, as well as informing patients of their options.

In 2018 a decision will be made on the future orientation of the institute, which could be developed into a treatment centre from 2019, Mutsch said, adding, however, that at this point this is only an idea.