Survival outcome of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in India: a resource-limited perspective of more than 40 years.
The outcome of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in India has been inferior to more than 80% cure rates in developed nations. This study was done to analyze the outcome of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in India over 4 decades. There has been a gradual improvement in survival rates of up to >70% in some centers along with a decline in relapse and mortality. However, these results cannot be generalized to the entire nation. There is a crying need to address treatment abandonment, take quality improvement, educational and financial initiatives; cooperative research into risk factors and disease biology, and the implementation of risk stratification along with the assessment of response to therapy.
Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Stollery Children Hospital, University of Alberta, Canada.
SourceJournal of pediatric hematology/oncology : official journal of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 33:6 2011 Aug pg 475-9
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
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