Kings College report into place of death for young people with cancer

20 September 2016
A study, lead by King's College London and funded by Marie Curie, has found that the most common place of death for children and young people with cancer is hospital.

The report, looked at how the place of death in children and young people with cancer has changed over the period 1993-2014, following a number of national initiatives to improve end-of-life care since the late 1990s. 

In response, Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for NCPC, said “This is important research, and shows how important it is for everyone to access good quality end of life care, whoever they are and wherever they wish to die. Young people who would otherwise wish to die at home are staying in hospital because of fears over access to adequate pain relief and symptom control, at great emotional costs to them and their families, and financial cost to the NHS. We need, as a society, to do better.”

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