Pediatric Oncologist at Children’s Hospital leads efforts to fight childhood cancer worldwide

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AURORA, Colorado., Dec 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – More than 1,000 children (ages 0-19) are diagnosed with cancer each day. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Children who live in high-income countries and have access to excellent health care are more than 80% likely to survive. Unfortunately, the survival rate of most children with cancer living in low- and middle-income countries is only 15 to 45%. To address this, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer in 2018 during the World Health Assembly, which mandates the creation of a way to eradicate this inequality and injustice.

That effort is to be guided Sandra Luna-Fineman, MD, Pediatric Oncologist, Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) who partnered with WHO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to develop the CureAll Framework, a common operational approach to improving the health and wellbeing of children battling cancer around the world by introducing pediatric cancer services with appropriate infrastructure and access to life-saving medical strategies. The aim of the initiative is to achieve a survival rate of at least 60% for children with cancer worldwide, while ensuring that the suffering of every child is reduced by 2030All is the acronym for the framework: Centers of Excellence, Universal Insurance Coverage, Treatment Plans and Supportive Care, and Outcome Assessment and Monitoring; supported by advocacy, leveraged finance and linked governance.

“The CureAll The framework and technical package are designed to support and strengthen the approach of low-income countries to treating childhood cancer, “said Dr. Luna-Fineman, who is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical faculty on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “I am honored to be part of this great group of people who care about sharing our knowledge and advances in child cancer care with institutions around the world so that they too can have access to the latest and greatest tools to fight cancer to have.”

“The CureAll The framework and partnership with the world’s best-known health institutions offer hope to children battling cancer everywhere – regardless of their socio-economic situation, “said Lia Gore, MD, Section Head Pediatric Hematology / Oncology / Bone Marrow Transplantation-Cellular Therapy at the Children’s Clinic Colorado and Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Colorado Medical school. “The fact that children Colorados Dr. Luna-Fineman played a leading and essential role in the development of this program, of which we are extremely proud and grateful. At Children’s, we’re surrounded by people Colorado like Dr. Luna-Fineman, who work tirelessly to cure childhood cancer around the world. “

Dr. Luna-Fineman and WHO initially aimed to develop a framework for an organized approach to gradually address the key needs of this unique pediatric population. A team of epidemiologists, pediatric oncologists and public health specialists with expertise in health networks, statistics and indicator design have come together to create a guide for policy makers in WHO regions and countries. The CureAll Framework is supported with tools to:

  1. Assess the current state of the country’s ability to diagnose, treat, and support children with cancer and their families.
  2. Price the infrastructure and interventions required to provide adequate care; Noting that not all countries will be able to start with a full range of care services, but will pave the way to improve outcomes if the country’s financial capacity allows.
  3. Promote close coordination with other United Nations agencies to support the monitoring of improvements and outcomes as well as the unique expertise in radiation diagnostics and therapy.

The framework builds capacities with the aim of measuring progress through: public health indicators (such as mortality, incidence, ratio of caregivers to patients, percentage of beds occupied), direct care (early detection through training of primary care medical and paramedical staff, Oncology staff training and quality improvement), quantification of specific clinical outcomes (survival, toxic death, nutritional monitoring, relapses from disease) and psychosocial determinants (discontinuation of therapy, toxicity to family social and financial well-being).

Six index cancers in childhood and adolescence were selected. Each is curable, has aspects of biology and multidisciplinary care, and has well-developed therapeutics. The six cancers are: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Burkitt lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, retinoblastoma, Wilms tumor, and low grade glioma.

There are several layers to the cureAll Framework that focuses on the broader needs of children with cancer, including growth, learning, development, nutrition, psychosocial well-being, reproductive health, and long-term outcomes. The framework uses an integrated child-centered care approach with a special focus on the socio-economic impact of childhood cancer diagnosis on families.

According to the WHO, the likelihood of survival of a child with cancer depends directly on the child’s place of residence, the socio-economic status of the child’s family and the underlying health system. The majority of childhood cancer deaths can be avoided through a public health approach to cancer control that focuses on access to quality pediatric cancer treatments. Twenty-three governments are committed to empowering childhood cancer programs by using the CureAll Framework. More than 110 partner organizations are involved in the initiative, which leads to rapid expansion into more than 50 countries. This has resulted in significant improvements in the lives of children with cancer around the world.

ABOUT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO
Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the leading and most comprehensive nonprofit pediatric health systems in the country, dedicated to improving children’s health through patient care, education, research, and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized by US News & World Report as a Top 10 Children’s Hospital, Children’s Colorado has pioneered the discovery of innovative and breakthrough treatments that will shape the future of pediatric health care worldwide. children Colorado offers a comprehensive range of family-centered care at its locations for emergencies, emergencies and specialties Colorado, including an academic medical center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Hospitals in Colorado Springs, Highlands ranch and Broom fieldand clinics across the region. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org or connect with us Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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