A systematic review of models of care for the follow-up of childhood cancer survivors

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Mar;60(3):351-6. doi: 10.1002/pbc.24253. Epub 2012 Jul 27.


Follow-up care for survivors of childhood cancer is increasingly seen as a priority service as numbers of survivors increase. Despite this there are few published evaluations of the available options. We conducted a systematic review of published and unpublished literature. Seven uncontrolled studies, and one comparative study of a related intervention, were identified. Observational data suggest that follow-up care was useful even for patients who did not perceive this as a need. Suitably powered, well-conducted, controlled trials of adequate duration that directly compare follow-up models are required to provide robust evidence on the optimal care for these patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms*
  • Survivors*