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Child cancer patients in Sweden have lowest survival rate in Scandinavia, report

Published måndag 24 november 2014 kl 16.22
"It will take some extraordinary measures"
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Archive press photo: Charlotte Gawell/Barncancerfonden.

Sweden is falling behind when it comes to the survival of cancer patients who are children.

The daily Dagens Nyheter reports today that out of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden has the lowest survival rate, and in Europe we come in at the eleventh place. Heads of child cancer centres around Sweden are saying that it has never been this bad, and that they perhaps have been quiet for too long about this.

It is a very dark picture that is painted in Dagens Nyheter. Svante Norgren, is the director of the biggest children's hospital in Sweden, Astrid Lindgren's hospital at Karolinska in Stockholm, and explains to Radio Sweden some of the problems they are facing, including severe staff shortages - including of specialists.

"We need more staff," says Norgren. "There is a severe shortage of neurologists and oncologists . . . right now, we are not training enough pediatricians to meet the number of colleagues who will retire."

He also talks about the need to "think new" to solve this and other problems.

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