In Israel, there are currently about 200,000 cancer patients undergoing treatment or follow up.
Thanks to the promotion of research and the emphasis on improved early detection and treatment, there has been a considerable increase in the cure rate, which currently stands at approximately 90%. Patients' quality of life has also been significantly enhanced.
Children and young people who have cancer evoke unique feelings in all of us. The tremendous strides in medical sciences in general, and in pediatric oncology in particular over the past decade have induced a considerable change in life expectancy among children who suffer from different types of cancers.
These children receive multi-disciplinary treatments which combine surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
This professional treatment provided to a child with cancer and their families places tremendous demands on the social welfare and health systems. This challenge is thought provoking and spurs attempts to create a set of interventions.
As the number of children who are cured increases, the need arises for long-term follow up of these children, coupled with support for re-integration into healthy society.