What is it about?

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare cancer that could appear during childhood. The treatment combines chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiotherapy. Treating this cancer in low and middle income countries is challenging and results are lower than expected.

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Why is it important?

Over 70% of childhood cancer occurs in low-income settings, it is important to communicate the efforts made. Between 2001 and 2018, 337 patients < 18years old were treated, their probability of being alive after 5 years of follow-up was 33%.


It is important to periodically check any cancer treatment performance, and also to find out what the failures are in order to improve future treatments.

Jessica Blanco
Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica

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This page is a summary of: Rhabdomyosarcoma in low‐ and middle‐income countries: A report from the Asociacion de Hemato‐oncología Pediatrica de Centro América (AHOPCA), Pediatric Blood & Cancer, March 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pbc.29669.
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