, Volume 27, Issue 11, pp 1957-1961
Date: 17 May 2011

Web-based survey of resources for treatment and long-term follow-up for children with brain tumors in developing countries

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Abstract

Introduction

Information about pediatric survivors of brain tumors in developing countries is scant.

Purpose

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

The resources for treatment and long-term follow-up of children with brain tumors need to be improved in developing countries.