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Childhood Cancer in Africa – Part 3

These days, most childhood cancers can be cured, but as each patient is different, how well treatment works will depend on the type of cancer, the child’s age, and various other factors. Cancer treatment can cause unwanted side effects for young patients, as well as other problems during and after treatment.

While early treatment of cancer symptoms and the side effects of therapy help patients feel better, stay stronger, and cope with life after cancer, it is Supportive Care that improves the patient’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual quality of life.

Improvements in supportive care have been shown to impact positively on outcomes for Children with Cancer in Africa too, but despite ongoing efforts, to date no single comprehensive qualitative report exists that examines the status of supportive care facilities in African POUs.

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