Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines

by World Child Cancer
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Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Cancer Care for Children in The Philippines
Patient consultation at the shared care centre
Patient consultation at the shared care centre

Thank you so much for your kind support of World Child Cancer’s project in the Philippines, where we are working to improve the diagnosis, access to treatment and quality of care for children with cancer on the island of Mindanao.

World Child Cancer's work in the Philippines has continued, improving access to, and quality of, childhood cancer services. This is vital as, when we started work on Mindanao in 2014, there was just one main medical centre able to diagnose and treat childhood cancer – the Southern Philippines Medical Centre (SPMC), which meant very poor access for children with cancer in the more remote areas. Travel across the island to reach treatment was extremely time-consuming and expensive for families, and a key factor in the poor diagnosis rates of just 15% of the 1,200 children expected to develop cancer each year. Our programme, working in partnership with lead Paediatric Oncologist from SPMC, Dr Mae Dolendo, is capacity-building the five Shared Care Centres so that they may take on more complex childhood cancer cases – this is done by providing mentorship and training in childhood cancer diagnosis and management for the medics at the Shared Care Centres. 

Although face-to-face training was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns and restricted travel, we are delighted to report that Dr Dolendo’s visits to the facilities were able to resume this year. During these visits, Dr Dolendo met with key medical and hospital management staff to discuss and provide support on childhood cancer cases, as well as to advocate for increased provision of dedicated paediatric oncology nurses and staff.

It is thanks to supporters like you that so much recent progress towards improving children’s cancer services long-term has been made in Mindanao, and nationally. Thank you again for all your support.  

Thank you for helping to give children with cancer the gift of growing up! 

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Ten-year-old Maria (pictured left)
Ten-year-old Maria (pictured left)

Thank you so much for your kind support of World Child Cancer’s project in the Philippines, where we are working to improve the diagnosis, access to treatment and quality of care for children with cancer on the island of Mindanao.

Ten-year-old Maria was treated for leukaemia at a hospital in Tagum, a shared care centre in the Mindanao Paediatric Cancer Care Network. Whilst most of Maria’s drugs were covered by insurance, the additional transport costs were not. Having treatment closer to home helped keep Maria in treatment until its completion, giving her the best possible chance of survival.

With your support more children, like Maria, can receive a quick diagnosis and have access to the best possible treatment and care.

World Child Cancer will be continuing the programme, spreading the awareness of childhood cancer and aiming to ensure every child receives an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care.  

Thank you for helping to give children with cancer the gift of growing up! 

Kind regards

Anna Tullgren

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4-year old Jasmine travelled with her father to the city of Davao, Mindanao, from the neighbouring island of Cebu. Jasmine had been sick and having difficulties with her sight from a very young age and was consequently unable to talk or walk by herself when she arrived at the Hospital.  

She was diagnosed by the local team, led by Dr Mae Dolendo. Once her family knew that she had retinoblastoma and would need her left eye removed to save her life, her mother left the family.  Jasmine and her father were able to stay at the House of Hope accommodation provided for families of children treated at the hospital. After Jasmine finished chemotherapy she started walking and talking.   

Through mentoring and supporting salaries of hospital staff, we can strengthen the shared care centres and, with your help, continue to help hundreds more children like Jasmine to access the treatment and care they need on Mindanao. Mindanao Islandhas a population of 27 million and is the second largest island in the Philippines. 

World Child Cancer will be continuing the programme, spreading the awareness of childhood cancer and aiming to ensure every child receives an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care.  

Thank you for helping to give children with cancer the gift of growing up! 

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Northern Mindanao Medical Centre
Northern Mindanao Medical Centre

Thank you so much for your kind support to World Child Cancer’s project in the Philippines. Mindanao Island, where we are delivering our work, has a population of 27 million and is the second largest island in the Philippines. Here we are working to improve the diagnosis, access to treatment and quality of care for children with cancer. This year has proven to be increasingly complex, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

There has been a considerable drop in patients coming to Davao City because of the covid travel restrictions and repeated lockdowns. Our Mindanao Paediatric Cancer Care Network was a ray of hope for many of our patients since they provided immediate care and communicated closely with patients.

Travel across the island is extremely time consuming and too expensive for most families; it can involve travelling for days by foot, land and sea, which poses major challenges when a child develops cancer and requires diagnosis and regular treatment.

It is thanks to your support that we can continue to set precedents for the improvement of cancer care on Mindanao and in the Philippines. World Child Cancer will be continuing the programme, spreading the awareness of childhood cancer and aiming to ensure every child receives an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care. Thank you for helping to give children with cancer the gift of growing up!

Southern Philippines Medical Centre
Southern Philippines Medical Centre
Southern Philippines Medical Centre
Southern Philippines Medical Centre

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Our project in the Philippines is led by Dr Mae
Our project in the Philippines is led by Dr Mae

Thank you so much for your kind support of World Child Cancer’s project in the Philippines, where we are working to improve the diagnosis, access to treatment and quality of care for children with cancer on the island of Mindanao. This year has proven to be increasingly complex, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Mindanao Island, where we are delivering our work, has a population of 27 million and is the second largest island in the Philippines. Travel across the island is extremely time consuming and too expensive for most families; it can involve travelling for days by foot, land and sea, which poses major challenges when a child develops cancer and requires diagnosis and regular treatment. When we began our programme there five years ago there was just one paediatric oncologist on the island, Dr Mae Dolendo, who had recently returned to the country from training overseas, and just one main medical centre able to diagnose and treat childhood cancer, which meant very poor access for children with cancer in the more remote areas. At that time, just 180 (15%) of children who developed cancer received a diagnosis and began treatment, facilities were limited and only 45% of patients who presented at the hospital survived.

Thanks to your support, World Child Cancer can keep making improvements to Child Cancer awareness and treatment in the Philippines. 384 patients were successfully diagnosed and began treatment between January 2020 and December 2020. In addition, with social distancing measures World Child Cancer saw that local NGOs helped to support psychological activities for the patients and their families. World Child Cancer also oversaw the training of 24 health staff and 111 child cancer advocacy and awareness campaign activities.

It is thanks to your support that we can continue to set precedents for the improvement of cancer care on Mindanao and in the Philippines. World Child Cancer will be continuing the programme, spreading the awareness of childhood cancer and aiming to ensure every child receives the best possible care. Thank you for helping to give children with cancer the gift of growing up!

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