Every year in Russia revealed a 3.5-4 thousands of children with cancer. Lump in cancer clinics there are about 24 thousands of sick children aged 0 to 18 years. In 2016 from cancer died 969 children. This was announced by Director of Department of science, innovation development and management of biomedical health risks Ministry of health of the Russian Federation Igor Korobko February 13 at a press conference. The event was timed to the International day of children with cancer, celebrated on February 15.
The Ministry of healthcare is constantly working to improve pediatric cancer care, to develop and report to the regions guidelines. In 2017, changes were made in orders of rendering medical care in pediatric Oncology, which rigidly define the time frame for diagnosing cancer. In the past year received a new status of national medical research center of pediatric Hematology, Oncology and immunology. Dmitry Rogachev. Now one of his main tasks is to strengthen the organizational and methodological work with the regions, informing the regions of best practices and identification of problematic situations that will be solved by joint efforts.
According to Igor Korobko, more than half of cancer in children is leukemia. “If acute lymphoblastic leukemia is detected early, successful treatment is achieved in 90% of cases, if in the later stages only 18-32%. That’s why should be a lot of work on the level of the primary – formation of vigilance against cancer in children”, – he called.
Unfortunately, the situation with detection leaves much to be desired, said the Director of the Institute of management and translational medicine SMRC dgoi them. Dmitry Rogachev Svetlana Varfolomeeva. “Acute leukemia, which has a bright clinical picture, to quickly determine the changes in blood tests. But everything stops when we’re talking about a brain tumor in a child. In Russia, as elsewhere in the world, in most cases, such diagnoses are established later than in adults. And we have much more in common pediatric practice stages of the disease than adults,” she said.
To change the situation, it is necessary to develop a system of early diagnosis. To suspect the disease, to guide parents to a pediatric oncologist and monitor this visit is the task of the pediatrician. “Unfortunately, in some cases, we are confronted with the ignorance of the doctors that children can be such a problem. That’s why we strive to ensure that information about the early symptoms indicating the development of brain tumors, available to all,” said Svetlana Varfolomeeva.