Paediatric tumours are rare. Around 2,000 new cases of cancer occur in under-18s every year. As they are so rare, a special environment is required to treat them. Cancer care for children and teenagers was overhauled in 2004, when some 30 establishments were named regional specialist centres and a number of interregional hospital organisations for paediatric oncology were created.
The regional paediatric oncology network for Brittany is based in the oncology and haematology department of Rennes Southern Hospital [Hôpital Sud à Rennes].Paediatric radiotherapy in Brittany is carried out at the Eugène Marquis Centre, the only centre in the region equipped to provide such services.
All cases are discussed at interregional multidisciplinary team meetings at different stages of the disease and the treatment cycle.Some cases are discussed at specialist national multidisciplinary team meetings.
Teenagers and young adults (TYA) between the ages of 15 and 25 who have been diagnosed with cancer are treated at the Eugène Marquis Centre, in collaboration with Rennes University Teaching Hospital.
Cancers in persons in this age group are rare and require specialist treatment. This age bracket is a part of a transformational period, from childhood to adulthood. It is often an important time for career development and education, as well as social, family and romantic relationships.
The Eugène Marquis Centre trains its staff to best support young people during their treatment and in their daily life.
The Centre works with Rennes University Teaching Hospital through the regional care network for Teenager and Young Adult Oncology in Brittany (OB’AJA) [Oncologie Bretagne Adolescents et Jeunes Adultes] (coordinated by Dr Jacinthe Bonneau, paediatric oncologist at Rennes University Teaching Hospital).The aim of the network is to provide training to professionals and improve patient care.
A number of medical specialists from the Centre participate in the network: Dr Leseur (radiotherapist), Dr Vauléon (medical oncologist) and Dr Perrin (medical oncologist).They lead training for healthcare professionals in various departments.
As teenagers and young adults receive care at various sites, a mobile unit is being developed to harmonise and improve care across all services.
Dr LESEUR Julie Radiation oncologistMore