New Childhood Cancer Advocacy Group States Seven Key Aims

June 1, 2002
Oncology NEWS International, Oncology NEWS International Vol 11 No 6, Volume 11, Issue 6

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia-More than 20 national advocacy groups, professional medical societies, and scientific organizations have joined to form the Alliance for Childhood Cancer to support quality cancer care for children and adolescents.

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia—More than 20 national advocacy groups, professional medical societies, and scientific organizations have joined to form the Alliance for Childhood Cancer to support quality cancer care for children and adolescents.

Seven core principles will guide the group’s efforts: (1) Early access to pediatric oncology specialists for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; (2) treatment by a multidisciplinary team of specialists; (3) insurance coverage for clinical trials; (4) access to the full continuum of care, including insurance coverage for these services; (5) portability of insurance coverage; (6) long-term follow-up care; and (7) funding to support research to improve the care and quality of life of children and adolescents, and the training of skilled pediatric cancer specialists.