Hope for children with Burkitt Lyphoma at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania
By Dr Nestory Masalu - Oncologist, Mwanza
Child with BL before treatment
In 2011, the Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania located near Lake Victoria, began work on the INCTR project to help children in this region diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. Drugs needed to treat this cancer were made available through the project. Just having the necessary drugs on hand to treat this cancer alleviated a larger burden on our team of care-givers. Parents of the children treated for Burkitt lymphoma who initially thought that their children had an incurable disease could see the immediate results of treatment. And, these parents have encouraged other parents with children with Burkitt’s to have hope for cure.
Being able to provide free chemotherapy drugs is only one aspect of the project and more challenges are encountered by families- the major one being the cost of transportation to a specialized centre such as the Bugando Medical Centre. To reach the centre in the first place, but transportation costs are also needed to ensure that we continue to know that the children we have treated such as eight year old Imelda continue to do well after treatment.
We would like to thank the donors of this important project and hope that they will continue to support it so that we can bring the hope and promise of cure to more children afflicted by this cancer.
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