Childhood Cancer’s Forgotten Moral Imperative
By Matthew Zachary, Huffpost Health
I am a pediatric brain cancer survivor.
Unlike every other age group over 18, pediatric cancer is unique because clinical care is based on an age range first and disease type second. On average, 5-year survival rates have skyrocketed from less than 10 percent in the 1950s to 85 percent today, with leukemia approaching 95 percent (source: National Cancer Institute SEER 2009). This inspiring progress is attributable, at least in part, to these age-appropriate standards of care.
In fact, so much progress has been made with so many children surviving into adolescence and young adulthood that attention began to shift to quality of life as a component of quality of care.¬† <Read More>