Web-based survey of resources for treatment and long-term follow-up for children with brain tumors in developing countries
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- Qaddoumi, I., Unal, E., Diez, B. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2011) 27: 1957. doi:10.1007/s00381-011-1479-9
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Information about pediatric survivors of brain tumors in developing countries is scant.
In this study, we aimed to investigate the availability of resources for treatment and long-term follow-up of children with central nervous system tumors in developing countries.
Materials and methods
A web-based questionnaire on available services and follow-up of brain tumor survivors was posted at www.cure4kids.org, and registered users were invited to participate.
A total of 140 evaluable responses from developing countries (n = 103) and high-income countries (n = 37) were obtained. There was a significant correlation between gross national income and the availability of services for treatment and follow-up and between patient load and the availability of some services.
The resources for treatment and long-term follow-up of children with brain tumors need to be improved in developing countries.