Some of the most common children cancers seen and treated at LUTH Hematology/ Oncology unit of the pediatric department and the statistics over a period of 18 months (July 2005 to January 2007) are as follows.
||NUMBER OF CASES
Male: 108 (66.3%)
Female: 55 (33.7%)
This is as against 540 admission made by the same unit which also caters for children living with HIV and sickle cell anemia among other illness, in the same 18 months period, i.e. 163 as against 540 (about 30% of the admissions)
Cancer is a disease that affects both men and women, young and old. However, the fact is that cancer scourge also affects even children. This fact is usually so difficult for many people to come in terms with. Children do have cancers too. However, what is heart-warming about childhood cancers is that it is curable if detected early, diagnosed and dealt with promptly.
Cancer whether in adults or in children is an expensive ailment. The high cost of treatment is fuelled by late detection so if it is detected on time, it’s easier and cheaper to cure. Our foundation mission is based basically on creating awareness, provision of chemotherapy, providing medications for the affected children as well as providing counselling for the children and their families. We also assist in funding overseas medical trips where necessary in some cases. We are making progress .we have not recorded any defaulter in chemotherapy this year.
Success is the the steady progress to the goal… let’s keep striving!
Dr Nneka Nwobbi .