Child's Nervous System

, Volume 27, Issue 11, pp 1957–1961

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

Authors

  • Ibrahim Qaddoumi
    • Division of Neuro-Oncology, Department of OncologySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Ekrem Unal
    • Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of MedicineErciyes University
  • Blanca Diez
    • Department of Neuro-OncologyInstitute of Neurological Research Dr Raul Carrea (FLENI)
  • Rejin Kebudi
    • Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Oncology InstituteIstanbul University
  • Yuri Quintana
    • International Outreach ProgramSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Eric Bouffet
    • Division of Hematology and OncologyThe Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
    • Department of Pediatric Hematology and OncologyHospital JP Garrahan
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-011-1479-9

Cite this article as:
Qaddoumi, I., Unal, E., Diez, B. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2011) 27: 1957. doi:10.1007/s00381-011-1479-9

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.

Keywords

ChildrenCNS tumorsDeveloping countriesLate effects

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© Springer-Verlag 2011