Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Reducing the Diagnosis Delay for Brain Tumours in Children

Yesterday, I led a debate on cutting the diagnosis delay for brain tumours in children to 5 weeks. If we could achieve that standard, commensurable with best practice in other countries, it would save very many families the heartache of losing a child or seeing them permanently disabled by a brain tumour. Believe it or not, brain tumours are as dangerous for children as meningitis, and kill more than leukemia. Only traffic accidents take more young lives.

I argued for the government to get behind the brilliant Headsmart campaign, and in particular help coordinate the delivery of 'symptom awareness' cards to every parent via local schools. You can read the debate here. The Health Minister, Anna Soubry, agreed to meet with me and the Headsmart campaign about how to take these ideas forward.  Below, I took stock with Headsmart CEO Sarah Lindsell, local mum Ann Pickering and and Sacha Langton-Gilks (who lost her son, David, to a late diagnosed brain tumour just last year). We're at first base, but still plenty left to do!






1 comments:

Kate Longbourne said...

Well done- finally an MP who follows through and delivers! Impressed!

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