Closing the survival gap: Implementation of medulloblastoma protocols in a low-income country through a twinning program
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
International Journal of Cancer
Volume 122, Issue 6, pages 1203–1206, 15 March 2008
How to Cite
Qaddoumi, I., Musharbash, A., Elayyan, M., Mansour, A., Al-Hussaini, M., Drake, J., Swaidan, M., Bartels, U. and Bouffet, E. (2008), Closing the survival gap: Implementation of medulloblastoma protocols in a low-income country through a twinning program. Int. J. Cancer, 122: 1203–1206. doi: 10.1002/ijc.23160
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 5 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Received: 26 JUL 2007
- low-income countries
Successful twinning initiatives have been reported in childhood leukemia. Pediatric neuro-oncology requires a complex multidisciplinary approach and the feasibility of similar twinning programs is unknown. Twinning between King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto started with e-mail communications, and subsequently included monthly videoconferences and exchanges between institutions. The outcome of 35 newly diagnosed medulloblastoma patients (22 high-risk and 13 average-risk) treated during this period is reported. The 3-year overall survival for average risk and high-risk patients was 100 and 81%, respectively. This experience suggests that twinning may facilitate the implementation of multidisciplinary neuro-oncology programs in low-income countries. Videoconferencing allows interactive exchanges with a significant learning impact. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.