In this report I will share the news about the pediatric patients with cancer , at least 2 of them were sent out of the city since locally no solid (tumors) are treated but in other medical specialty centers for the type of equipment required.
Four patients have passed away this year and two patients abandoned the treatment (their parents decided it was the best for their children ...) treated at the Regional Hospital of the city.
But from February to July there have been more than 10 new positive diagnosis, all needing economically support for their transport... more the patients that already existed.
On average, the majority travels from 5 to 7 hours and use at least 2 buses or community taxi. Only 2 of them make short trips.
As you can see, these trips are more expensive for them because most of them are patient with leukemia and treated once a week (4 or 5 times a month)
At least a 90% of parents are farmers, with 2 to 4 children on average.
As always, I thank you for your valuable support, hoping to have it again.
We continue working so that children and adolescents with cancer do not postpone or cancel their treatments due to lack of financial means for their transport.
We have about 10 or 11 new diagnoses, all of them also requiring economic support for transportation, on the other hand patients from this city (Coatzacoalcos) are going to other cities for radiotherapy, or other treatments, or studies, for example those who have some type of tumor generally, all these trips are expensive and are by bus to cities such as Veracruz, Xalapa, and Cordoba in Veracruz as well as in Mexico City (CDMX).
At least 40% of all patients who do not live in the city of Coatzacoalcos are first transported by community transport that are not buses until they reach an location where they can take a bus to our city, other patients are sometimes transported between communities in taxi being more expensive, those trips between communities are sometimes up to 6 hours so they leave their homes for a day before, because that transport only has one exit to the day.
While buses depart several times a day to our city, Coatzacoalcos
At least 80-85% of parents of community patients work as farmers
We pay them the entire trip including those inter community sections.We have generally given support for patients from approximately 50 locations.
We thank as always infinitely our donors who have the kindness to know about our project and donate, we have been working since 2012 and we hope to continue thanks to your support.
After our holiday period, we have returned with our support program for transporting children with cancer.
In our association we have had drastic changes to be able to continue with our work.
Just as there are patients who are transferred to another city to continue with their treatment, there have been new patients diagnosed with foreign cancer.
In Mexico it is estimated that between 5,000 and 6,000 new cases of cancer occur in children under 18 years of age. Among those that mainly highlight the leukemias, which represent 52% of the total of cases; lymphomas 10% and tumors of the central nervous system 10%. (1)
The estimated survival in Mexico is close to 60% of the diagnosis. The incidence rate of cases of cancer is 9 cases per 100 thousand under 18 years for the population does not have health insurance in the Mexican Republic, this population does not have medical services from the IMSS, Pemex, ISSTE, that is, whose parents are not working in any company or government entity, to dedicate many of them to the field.
Therefore new diagnoses of patients does not have health insurance should be taken to a medical unit that transfers them to a Regional Hospital to process their insurance through the Catastrophic Protection Fund (Seguro Popular) so that these children under the age of 18 are insured for their treatment. (Now by law all those young students who do not have any type of insurance, are insured in the IMSS) while IMSS now has the student insurance to studiants in higher education and postgrade.
From 2007 to 2016, Seguro Popular covered the treatment of almost 24 thousand minors with cancer.
It is very important to avoid that these patients leave their treatments because they do not have economic resources for their transfer, in addition to that if they leave their treatment they automatically lose their insurance and then we process through other foundation the medicament support to restart their treatment and this is after of a relapse.
We thank all our donors of 2017 and those who joined in the year end Campaign to contribute to our cause.
Many many thanks
1 Comisión Nacional de Protección Social en Salud. Fondo de Protección Contra Gastos Catastróficos
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