Today (Wednesday 15 February) marks International Childhood Cancer Day. PFMD member Sarah Krüg, Executive Director of CANCER101 and former lead of pediatric disease management pathways at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reflects on the need for collaborative patient engagement in the setting of childhood disease.
Cancer isn’t one size fits all. The cancers that develop in children are often different from those that adults develop. Childhood cancers are not strongly correlated to lifestyle and environmental risk factors, in contrast to adult cancers. In addition the long-term side consequences of treatment can be debilitating, including psychological and emotional effects that can manifest later in life.