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More radiotherapy resources are needed for children as well as adults

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1342
  1. Jonathan Punt, senior lecturer in paediatric neurosurgery (,
  2. David Walker, senior lecturer in paediatric oncology,
  3. Michael Sokal, consultant in clinical oncology
  1. Nottingham Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre, University Hospital Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR—Burnet et al highlight the prejudicial effect on outcomes of the lack of radiotherapy resources in the United Kingdom.1 They cite several cancers occurring in adults but fail to mention children's cancers.

    Cancer is one of the four big killing diseases in childhood; after leukaemia, tumours of the central nervous system are the most common cancers in childhood. Brain tumours are categorised as moderate risk diseases …

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