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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2007 Dec;49(7):941-6.

The problem of treatment abandonment in children from developing countries with cancer.

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  • 1Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom. reemaraman@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There is an inequality gap between the outcome of childhood cancer in resource, rich and limited countries. Abandonment of treatment is one of the reasons for this.

PROCEDURE:

We searched the medical literature for evidence on abandonment, its causes, and any preventative interventions.

RESULTS:

Abandonment is a very real problem all across the developing world. Cancers associated with poorer prognosis seem to have higher abandonment rates. It is also related to the socio-economic and educational status of parents, travel time to treatment centers, and affordable, locally available treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Twinning between institutions, which includes several preventative interventions, has clearly been shown to work.

2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc

PMID:
17252565
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