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East Mediterr Health J. 2017 Aug 20;23(6):422-429.

Delays in diagnosis and treatment among children with cancer: Egyptian perspective.

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Hematology/Oncology Unit, Mansoura University Children's Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.
2
Pediatric Department, Mansoura University Children's Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.

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in English, Arabic, French

Delayed diagnosis is one of the contributing factors to lower cure rates for cancer in low-income countries. This was a cross-sectional study of 138 children with cancer who were treated at the Pediatric Oncology Unit, Oncology Center of Mansoura University, Egypt. One hundred and sixteen patients were initially misdiagnosed. The median total delay was 37 days, including median patient/parent delay of 3 days and median physician delay of 28 days. The type of cancer significantly influenced the diagnostic delay. Patients' sex, level of parents' education, and residence did not significantly affect the median total delay, while patients aged < 5 years and those who had an initial provisional diagnosis of cancer had the shortest median total delay. We suggest implementation of continuing medical education programmes, improving access to diagnostic facilities, and facilitating referral to give priority to those with suspected cancer to shorten the time for cancer diagnosis.

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