Childhood cancer in Africa

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  • Mariana Kruger MD, PhD,

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    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
    • Correspondence to: Mariana Kruger, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, P.O. Box 19063, Tygerberg 7505, South Africa.

      E-mail: marianakruger@sun.ac.za

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  • Marc Hendricks MD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Haematology-Oncology Service, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Alan Davidson MD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Haematology-Oncology Service, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Cristina D Stefan MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Ann L van Eyssen MD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Haematology-Oncology Service, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Ronelle Uys MD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Anel van Zyl MD,

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Peter Hesseling MD, PhD

    1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Tygerberg Hospital, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
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Abstract

The majority of children with cancer live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with little or no access to cancer treatment. The purpose of the paper is to describe the current status of childhood cancer treatment in Africa, as documented in publications, dedicated websites and information collected through surveys. Successful twinning programmes, like those in Malawi and Cameroon, as well as the collaborative clinical trial approach of the Franco-African Childhood Cancer Group (GFAOP), provide good models for childhood cancer treatment. The overview will hopefully influence health-care policies to facilitate access to cancer care for all children in Africa. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2014;61:587–592. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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