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Greece launches National Register for children and teens with cancer

Greece has launched a National Register for children and teenagers with cancer ailments. The registration of patients is mandatory and is done by the doctor presiding over the case, via the e-prescription system.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday met two children that have recovered from cancer, Nefeli and Philippos, to mark the launch of the register. He had made the pledge for the register to these two children a year earlier.

“I will never tire of saying that medicine’s progress, especially in child and teenage cancers, is truly impressive. In our country we have an excellent workforce, very extensive experience, excellent facilities, incredible doctors, private and public sector partnership, with very good results,” the Prime Minister said.

The goal must be to fully defeat child and teenage cancer, he added.

The register will provide more accurate figures and may help address issues such as genetic predisposition and others, he added.

A national register of underage cancer patients had been a long-standing demand of the families facing the disease throughout the country and is expected to yield information on the prevalence of the cancer, its age distribution, how the disease develops, outcomes and the effectiveness and safety of various treatments, as well as evaluations of health services.

Registration of patients is mandatory and is done by the doctor presiding over the case, via the e-prescription system, and includes information on demographics, diagnosis and other factors.

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