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Charity calls for better food on child cancer wards

Charity calls for better food on child cancer wards

A charity has called for better food for children undergoing cancer treatment after finding that patients are often concerned by the poor provision of food on hospital wards.

 

Around one in 500 children are diagnosed with cancer in Britain before the age of 15 and experts claim that good nutrition is vital for children who are receiving cancer treatment.

 

However, the charity CLIC Sargent found that many parents were worried that the food served on children's cancer wards was unsuitable, unappetising, and not served at times when their children felt up to eating.

 

Over 70 per cent of parents also revealed that they had resorted to taking in food for their children.

 

The charity's chief executive, Dr Carole Easton, said that "urgent action" was needed to ensure the nutritional needs of children and young people were met.

 

"It is hard enough for a parent to see their child critically ill - they should not be faced with the added concern of seeing them offered food that is not fit to eat," she added.

© Adfero Ltd

 

Cancer news : 05/06/2008