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The Teenage Cancer Trust—advocating a model for teenage cancer services

      In medical practice, the unique characteristics of the age group between childhood and full maturity, have not been as fully acknowledged as in educational circles, the criminal justice system or even the commercial world. In the United Kingdom (UK), all patients, regardless of age, have access to cancer care, but generally speaking, this treatment is not always age-appropriate, especially in the case of teenagers. This lack of ‘group identification’ has medical, psychological and social ramifications that handicap the patient and may even undermine the efficacy of the treatment given.
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