BACKGROUND: Countries with scarce resources have the right to appropriate essential health care but very few reports discuss how this can be achieved. We assessed the survival of a large cohort of pediatric oncological patients to provide hard data on which to base realistic evaluation and planning schemes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This multicenter retrospective survey covered consecutively diagnosed and treated patients admitted to eight national level hospitals in seven countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The research protocol was discussed extensively, so the data to be collected and the criteria for their evaluation were clearly pre-defined. We analysed 2214 patients diagnosed between 1996 and 1999 with various cancers, classified as hemato-oncological disorders (70%) and solid tumors (30%). RESULTS: Three-year overall survival was 48.4% [standard error (SE) 1.3]. Detailed analysis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia highlighted the wide intercountry variability: 3-year survival was 62.2% (SE 5.3) in Cuba, 74.2% (SE 3.3) in Costa Rica, 61.7% (SE 4.9) in Nicaragua, and lower in the other four countries. CONCLUSIONS: The yield of diagnostic-therapeutic protocols depends largely on the context of care in which they are applied. This paper documents the importance of including epidemiological research in interventions for cooperation in complex health areas such as pediatric oncology.

Valsecchi, M., Tognoni, G., Bonilla, M., Moreno, N., Baez, F., Pacheco, C., et al. (2004). Clinical epidemiology of childhood cancer in Central America and Caribbean countries. ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY, 15(4), 680-685 [10.1093/annonc/mdh148].

Clinical epidemiology of childhood cancer in Central America and Caribbean countries

VALSECCHI, MARIA GRAZIA;MASERA, GIUSEPPE
2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Countries with scarce resources have the right to appropriate essential health care but very few reports discuss how this can be achieved. We assessed the survival of a large cohort of pediatric oncological patients to provide hard data on which to base realistic evaluation and planning schemes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This multicenter retrospective survey covered consecutively diagnosed and treated patients admitted to eight national level hospitals in seven countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The research protocol was discussed extensively, so the data to be collected and the criteria for their evaluation were clearly pre-defined. We analysed 2214 patients diagnosed between 1996 and 1999 with various cancers, classified as hemato-oncological disorders (70%) and solid tumors (30%). RESULTS: Three-year overall survival was 48.4% [standard error (SE) 1.3]. Detailed analysis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia highlighted the wide intercountry variability: 3-year survival was 62.2% (SE 5.3) in Cuba, 74.2% (SE 3.3) in Costa Rica, 61.7% (SE 4.9) in Nicaragua, and lower in the other four countries. CONCLUSIONS: The yield of diagnostic-therapeutic protocols depends largely on the context of care in which they are applied. This paper documents the importance of including epidemiological research in interventions for cooperation in complex health areas such as pediatric oncology.
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Retrospective Studies; Survival Analysis; Central America; Caribbean Region; Neoplasms; Child; Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute; Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma; Humans
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Valsecchi, M., Tognoni, G., Bonilla, M., Moreno, N., Baez, F., Pacheco, C., et al. (2004). Clinical epidemiology of childhood cancer in Central America and Caribbean countries. ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY, 15(4), 680-685 [10.1093/annonc/mdh148].
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