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Childhood cancer survivors find age works against them

When children are diagnosed with a complex, life-threatening illness such as cancer, all their parents pray for is time — enough time for their children to grow old. And B.C. Children’s Hospital is a world-class facility that ensures 80 per cent of children with cancer and tumours will survive to adulthood.

But as adulthood approaches, these parents discover a cruel irony — the older their children get, the closer the time comes to when they will have to leave Children’s Hospital, which brings a fresh set of anxieties.

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