Transition from child to adult services for young people with cancer
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Transition from child to adult services for young people with cancer

Wendy McInally Lecturer in child health nursing, Edinburgh Napier University
Susanne Cruickshank Senior lecturer and reader in cancer nursing, Edinburgh Napier University

Wendy McInally and Susanne Cruickshank highlight the importance of care pathways that enable smooth crossover to adult settings for young patients

Cancers differ between children and adults, and young people who have survived malignant disease still need to mature into adulthood. Care pathways during transition to adult support should consider the age, cancer type, future risks of late effects from treatment and personal needs of the young person and family. A flexible, multidisciplinary approach is recommended but may require additional nursing skills. The development and introduction of appropriate and effective transition models are emerging as important factors in the individual patient’s cancer journey experience. More research is needed to establish which protocol represents best practice.

Nursing Children and Young People. 25, 1, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/ncyp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 June 2012

Accepted: 10 October 2012

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