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Survival rate of “Leukemia in children increases”

Posted on: April 12, 2009


Bernama – Sunday, April 12

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 (Bernama) — The percentage of children surviving leukemia has increased by 30 per cent over the past five years.

Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) Paediatric Department Oncology Consultant, Associate Professor Dr Hany Mohd Ariffin said the increase was due to the new treatment protocol.

“The latest diagnosis service and laboratory support which enables early detection of the cancer cell is the major contributor for the increase in the percentage,” she said at the launch of Paediatric Patients Annual Gathering at UMMC near here today.

A total of 150 children with cancer from the paediatric wards were feted at the event officiated by UMMC Director, Prof Dr Ikram Shah Ismail.

The gathering was aimed at giving moral support to the cancer patients and their families. Some cancer survivors were also invited to share their experiences with the patients.

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LEUKEMIA-SURVIVAL 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR

“Do not give up. There is life after cancer. Take it as a beginning of that new life. Do the treatment intensively,” said Christian Balachandran, a cancer survivor.

Meanwhile, Dr Hany said the number of new patients referred to the Hemato-Oncology Unit was between 100-160 patients annually.

— BERNAMA

PNH PHM KAM NHA HA

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