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Two decades of childhood cancer care in Cameroon: 2000 – 2020
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  • Glenn Afungchwi,
  • Mariana Kruger,
  • Francine Kouya,
  • Pius Tih,
  • Peter McCormick,
  • ANGELE PONDY,
  • Peter Hesseling
Glenn Afungchwi
Mbingo Baptist Hospital
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Mariana Kruger
Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University
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Francine Kouya
Mbingo Baptist Hospital
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Pius Tih
Cameroon Baptist Convention
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Peter McCormick
BERYL THYER MEMORIAL AFRICA TRUST
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ANGELE PONDY
Chantal Biya foundation hospital
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Peter Hesseling
Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Abstract

BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the progress made with pediatric oncology care in Cameroon from 2000 to 2020. METHOD A literature search was conducted for published articles on childhood cancer in Cameroon and relevant documents and conference abstracts were reviewed. The articles were analysed under eight themes: covering detection, diagnosis, management and program development. RESULTS Forty publications were analysed. Cancer diagnosis was achieved with cytology, histology and simple imaging. Management for common and curable cancers was with use of modified treatment regimens for low- and middle- income settings. There was good collaboration between the pediatric oncology professionals nationally and international partners. Advocacy led to the support of the Ministry of Health with pediatric oncology specific priority actions in the latest national cancer control plan. CONCLUSION Commitment of childhood cancer specialists, non-governmental organizations, and the government can lead to successful childhood cancer management in a low-income country.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

09 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
09 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
09 Oct 2020Submitted to Pediatric Blood & Cancer
31 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
17 Nov 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Nov 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
09 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
09 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
09 Feb 20211st Revision Received
11 Feb 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
11 Feb 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
15 Feb 2021Editorial Decision: Accept