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Full Text of SR0625  96th General Assembly




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2     WHEREAS, Modern medicine has made amazing advances in
3 fighting pediatric cancer and pediatric cancer survivors are
4 faced with a unique set of problems because of these advances;
5 and
6     WHEREAS, Cure rates for pediatric cancers have risen
7 dramatically during the past 20 years; it is estimated that one
8 in every 900 adults, aged 16 to 44, is a survivor of pediatric
9 cancer; and
10     WHEREAS, Almost 70% of children that are diagnosed with
11 brain cancer survive treatment today; this statistic calls into
12 focus the need to look at a child's quality of life in the
13 years following treatment; and
14     WHEREAS, Pediatric cancer survivorship can come with a
15 price in the form of long-term medical, financial,
16 psychosocial, and neuro-cognitive problems due to
17 chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery; and
18     WHEREAS, The major expenses of a pediatric cancer diagnosis
19 and treatment program are associated with the direct costs of
20 medical care, including charges for hospitalizations, clinic
21 visits, medications, tests and procedures, home health



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1 services, services of doctors and other professionals, and
2 other treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
3 therapy, and bone marrow or peripheral stem cell
4 transplantation; and
5     WHEREAS, Even well insured middle-class families with
6 health insurance can find themselves in financial distress
7 because of a single catastrophic illness; even when insurance
8 doesn't run out, health care costs can be staggering for the
9 families of children with cancer; and
10     WHEREAS, The State of Illinois recognizes that amazing
11 advances have been made in the treatment of pediatric cancer
12 and survivor rates; therefore, be it
14 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we proclaim the week of
15 March 21 to 27, 2010 as Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Week in
16 this State.