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Acute leukemia in developing countries: how to address the challenge

In Pediatric Blood and Cancer
By: Agarwal B.
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Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 43 Issues 4.Publisher: 2004Description: 312 (KL.018).Subject(s): Leukemia acute, Developing countries, India, Pediatric leukemia, children | LeukemiaDDC classification: In: Pediatric Blood and CancerSummary: In the deveopled world two thirds or more of children with ALL can be cured with contemporary treatment plans. In the developing world only one out of ten children with acute leukemia receive any kind of treatment. The success rates amongst the children who receive treatment are also far from satisfaction. Managing children with leukemia can be expected to be a health priority in the developing nations. Resources and facilities are scarce which is a critical limitation. There are several other reasons for the low survival rates: limitations in access to health care; limitations in the existing health care systems; factors related to general health and, socialdemographics of the patients and differences in the biology of ALL.How to address this challenge?
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In the deveopled world two thirds or more of children with ALL can be cured with contemporary treatment plans. In the developing world only one out of ten children with acute leukemia receive any kind of treatment. The success rates amongst the children who receive treatment are also far from satisfaction. Managing children with leukemia can be expected to be a health priority in the developing nations. Resources and facilities are scarce which is a critical limitation. There are several other reasons for the low survival rates: limitations in access to health care; limitations in the existing health care systems; factors related to general health and, socialdemographics of the patients and differences in the biology of ALL.How to address this challenge?

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