According to the Brain Tumour Research website, brain tumours are the chief cause of cancer deaths in children and young people in the United Kingdom. In 2015, the number of children in this country dying from cancer was 194, with brain tumours taking 67 young lives and leukaemia 46. Over 550 children and young adults are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in England. There is also little awareness of the devastation caused by brain tumours.
In response to these harrowing figures, the Royal College of General Practitioners, in partnership with the UK national awareness campaign HeadSmart, have brought together a range of reliable and user-friendly resources related to brain tumours in children in this online toolkit and includes detailed decision support tools for clinicians.
Primarily aimed healthcare professionals, it also contains information and sources of support for patients and carers.
The toolkit consists of:
- Quick reference guide for signs and symptoms.
- Situations in which a tumour may be overlooked as a possible differential diagnosis
- Video clips of clinical signs
- Patient and carer resources
- Training and professional development
- Research and further reading
Click here to access the online toolkit.