Barriers to cure for children with cancer in india and strategies to improve outcomes

A report by the Indian Pediatric Hematology Oncology Group

Satya Prakash Yadav, Neha Rastogi, Gaurav Kharya, Ruchira Misra, Mohammed Ramzan, Satyendra Katewa, Vikas Dua, Sunil Bhat, Stewart J. Kellie, Scott Howard

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Abstract

The survival of children with cancer in India is inferior to that of children in high-income countries. The Indian Pediatric Hematology Oncology Group (IPHOG) held a series of online meetings via www.Cure4kids.org to identify barriers to cure and develop strategies to improve outcomes. Five major hurdles were identified: delayed diagnosis, abandonment, sepsis, lack of co-operative groups, and relapse. Development of regional networks like IPHOG has allowed rapid identification of local causes of treatment failure for children with cancer in India and identification of strategies likely to improve care and outcomes in the participating centers. Next steps will include interventions to raise community awareness of childhood cancer, promote early diagnosis and referral, and reduce abandonment and toxic death at each center. Starting of fellowship programs in pediatric hemato-oncology, short training programs for pediatricians, publishing outcome data, formation of parent and patient support groups, choosing the right and effective treatment protocol, and setting up of bone marrow transplant services are some of the effective steps taken in the last decade, which needs to be supported further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Hematology and Oncology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Hematology
India
Pediatrics
Neoplasms
Self-Help Groups
Poisons
Delayed Diagnosis
Clinical Protocols
Treatment Failure
Early Detection of Cancer
Sepsis
Referral and Consultation
Bone Marrow
Transplants
Education
Recurrence
Survival

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Barriers to cure for children with cancer in india and strategies to improve outcomes : A report by the Indian Pediatric Hematology Oncology Group. / Yadav, Satya Prakash; Rastogi, Neha; Kharya, Gaurav; Misra, Ruchira; Ramzan, Mohammed; Katewa, Satyendra; Dua, Vikas; Bhat, Sunil; Kellie, Stewart J.; Howard, Scott.

In: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Vol. 31, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 217-224.

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Yadav, Satya Prakash ; Rastogi, Neha ; Kharya, Gaurav ; Misra, Ruchira ; Ramzan, Mohammed ; Katewa, Satyendra ; Dua, Vikas ; Bhat, Sunil ; Kellie, Stewart J. ; Howard, Scott. / Barriers to cure for children with cancer in india and strategies to improve outcomes : A report by the Indian Pediatric Hematology Oncology Group. In: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 2014 ; Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 217-224.
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