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Nine out of 10 children treated for leukaemia at Poole Hospital will beat the disease

The survival rate for children aged 1-16 with leukaemia is now at 90 per cent at Poole Hospital after continued developments in cancer treatment.

This is thanks to a systematic approach to treatment including a complex chemotherapy regime, a protective antibiotic schedule and supportive blood and platelet transfusions.

Antibiotics are given to ill patients within an hour of arrival and community nurses regularly administer blood tests at home or at school as children with leukaemia require up to 105 a year.

The international survival rate for children’s leukaemia has continued to improve - from 75 per cent in the 1980s, to 84 per cent in 1990s, and 87 per cent between 2001-2010.

The success of leukaemia treatment trials in the 70th year of the NHS allows clinicians to look beyond improving survival to focus on reducing side-effects which can impact growth, brain development and cause bone changes and heart and kidney problems.

The hospital’s paediatric oncology department coordinates its treatments with Southampton General Hospital, who administer some types of chemotherapy and have dedicated paediatric oncologists who specialise in children’s cancer, but a lot of the service is now undertaken at Poole Hospital.

“The development of cancer care at Poole Hospital has been vital for children in Dorset who are sadly diagnosed with leukaemia,” said Sarah Chessell, head of the trust’s research and innovation team that assists the cancer teams in collecting data from drug administration.

“This service provision means patients don’t have to travel long-distances to receive care - which can reduce valuable treatment time and decrease quality of life - and they can see a consultant they know who is closer to their home and family.”

 

 

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