Author: Cancer Control

Retinoblastoma: An exemplary tumour in young children that can be cured in low-income countries

Cancer will be one of the major health challenges worldwide in the next few decades. Among all the different types of this ubiquitous disease, cancer in children must be among the priorities in action plans to combat cancer in low- and middle-income countries. Among childhood tumours, retinoblastoma appears to be a good example as it is now curable in over 95% of cases in high-income countries due to early diagnosis and quick access to a competent multidisciplinary team.

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Improving Paediatric Cancer Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Experience of the St Jude International Outreach Program

This article describes the outreach programme devised by the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States to help children suffering from cancer in low- and middle-income countries. It considers the essential components required for successful twinning and introduces the nine “Critical Cs” which need to be considered before embarking on a twinning partnership.

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Visual inspection of the cervix: Progress to date and the rationale for continued investment

Cervical cancer continues to be a public health problem in many developing countries despite the availability of effective preventive measures such as vaccination and screening. Visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) is a low-cost test that has now been validated for primary cervical cancer screening. Despite the advances in vaccination and more sensitive molecular tests, there are compelling reasons for continuing and even accelerating the investment in programmes based on VIA and precancer treatment.

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