Cancer in adolescents and young adults: treatment and outcome in Victoria

Les White, Jane Ewing, Anne M Senner, Madeleine King and Belinda Goodenough
Med J Aust 2004; 180 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06138.x
Published online: 21 June 2004

To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Mitchell et al and the editorial by Cole on comparatively adverse outcomes in adolescents and young adults with cancer.1,2 The improvements in cancer survival, most remarkably demonstrated in children, have failed to similarly benefit older adolescents and young adults, a population with a higher and increasing incidence of cancer.3 Most authors advocate increasing research, networking resources and information, enhancing support for clinical trials and facilitating participation in them. Recently announced funding for a comprehensive cancer-care program for adolescents and young adults at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne is a welcome step towards these goals.

  • Les White1
  • Jane Ewing1
  • Anne M Senner2
  • Madeleine King3
  • Belinda Goodenough3

  • 1 Centre for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders; Sydney Children’s Hospital, High Street, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2031.
  • 2 Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • 3 Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation; University of Technology, Sydney, NSW.



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