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Expatriate Healthcare News: Childhood cancer survivors 'face difficulties'

Survivors of childhood cancer face a number of difficulties in readjusting to life after treatment.

This is according to Dara de Burca, director of services at cancer charity CLIC Sargent, who noted that young people often lose touch with their friends and family during long periods of hospitalisation for cancer.

She added that they may also have fallen behind on their education after being away from the classroom for a long time.

Expatriates might want to ensure that they have access to top quality overseas medical insurance so that their child is covered for any home healthcare they might need after living through cancer.

Ms de Burca's comments follow research supported by the EU-funded seventh Framework Programme, entitled project Eurcancercoms, which found that further studies are helping more and more children to survive cancer.

Indeed, professor Richard Sullivan from the Centre for Global OncoPolicy and one of the report's authors, said: "About 80 per cent of all childhood cancer patients now survive, due to massive improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the last 40 years."

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