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Kremeike K.,Hannover Medical School | Mohr A.,Hannover Medical School | Kampschulte R.,Hannover Medical School | Bergmann J.,Ethno Medical Center | And 11 more authors.
Klinische Padiatrie

Background: In Germany some 2 000 children and adolescent are diagnosed with cancer every year. Curing rates are increasing and therewith also the number of survivors is growing. Survivors frequently suffer from long-term effects of the disease and its treatment, but long-term follow-up care shows deficits. Method: The Network for oncological advisory service (NOF) started in 11/2013, researching and building up a network of available support in Lower Saxony. A telephone hotline was installed in 01/2014 in order to advice survivors on their problems. At the same time, an interview study on survivors needs was conducted throughout Germany. Results: In the first 2 years, the NOF gave advice to 79 patients. Whilst enquiries of medical or psychological nature were transferred to the cooperation partner, requests on psychosocial and social legal issues are being deled by the NOF due to lack of appropriate partners. The evaluation of 25 interviews shows key issues in long-term after-care: (1) transition from acute therapy to everyday life, (2) problems due to pediatric cancer and therapy, (3) patients perception of own disposition, (4) social reactions towards survivors, (5) structure of long-term follow-up care, (6) information flow. Conclusion: Many survivors suffer from long-term effects of cancer and treatment. The lack of available contact person and being in limbo between cured and simultaneously affected by the cancer treatment and chronic diseases is perceived as being problematic. This translates to various requirements on a patient-oriented long-term care, mainly in the psychosocial field. Copyright ©, Georg Thieme Verlag KG. All rights reserved. Source

Attarbaschi A.,Paediatric Hematology and Oncology | Mann G.,Paediatric Hematology and Oncology | Rosolen A.,University of Padua | Williams D.,University of Cambridge | And 12 more authors.

Data on incidence, characteristics, and prognosis in stage I childhood anaplastic large cell lymphoma are scarce. Of 463 patients enrolled in the international ALCL99 trial, 36 (8%) had stage I disease and were treated with a prephase chemotherapy, followed by either 3 chemotherapy courses in case of initial complete resection (6 patients) or otherwise by 6 courses of chemotherapy (30 patients). Disease localization was to the peripheral lymph nodes in 26, soft tissue mass in 8, and solitary bone and bronchial disease in 1 patient each. Of the 6 patients with complete resection, none experienced relapse, whereas of the 30 remaining stage I patients, 9 (30%) relapsed, including in all cases a new site of disease involvement and including 3 of 5 anaplastic lymphoma kinase-negative patients. In summary, the failure rate for incompletely resected stage I disease was similar to that for patients with stage II and stage III/IV disease. Whether anaplastic lymphoma kinase negativity contributed to this moderate outcome has to be proven prospectively. This study was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00006455. © 2011 by The American Society of Hematology. Source

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