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Support for children with cancer

The Alliance party's Judith Cochrane brought the adjournment debate on support for children and young people with cancer in East Belfast, on 28 February 2013.

Mrs Cochrane explained some of the age-appropriate standards for the care and treatment of young people.

She called on the health minister to implement the standards contained in the cancer services framework.

The DUP's Sammy Douglas said cancer knew no boundaries, and he paid tribute to cancer charities in Northern Ireland.

Michael Copeland of the UUP spoke of the experience of his wife when she had suffered from cancer.

Health minister Edwin Poots said he was "married to an angel" who had cared for children suffering from cancer for over 20 years.

He said he wanted the health and social care service to provide the best care for patients and that there had been huge improvements in the treatment of cancer in the past 10 years.

The minister said his department would work towards full implementation of the cancer services framework.

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