There was a debate in Westminster yesterday (28/11) on child cancer and a related e-petition calling for child cancer to be at the forefront of the NHS and government funding schemes.
Mark Tami MP spoke in the debate. He drew upon his own experience and expressed his concern for the level of support given to parents - who may be struggling financially or do not have a family support network around them.
Mr Tami said in the debate; “We really need to put in extra support, and not months afterwards but straight away, when parents actually get the news.”
The local politician also raised the issue of support to the child once they have hopefully survived, especially with their reintegration into school.
“We might put a lot of money into addressing the illness itself, but we put very little into looking after the child afterwards. It is no accident that children who have had cancer have a higher suicide rate than those who have not.”
Mr Tami used the debate to further show his longstanding support for the charity, Anthony Nolan, who raise awareness of stem cell transplants. He also endorsed the work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide a place to stay for parents whose children need to travel long distances for specialist treatment.
The debate was well attended and the Government committed to funding life-changing innovation and research into cancer, to delivering the cancer strategy in a way that transforms cancer care for current and future generations and to improving the long-term quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.