Timely diagnosis and proper management can improve the child’s prognosis and increase the chances of cure by up to 70%, specialists say
Although cancer is a disease that develops mostly in adults, children also present it, Sinaloa being one of the states with the highest incidence, Dr. Daniela Arce Cabrera, a pediatric oncologist, and the Hospital Psycho-oncologist agreed. Pediatric of Sinaloa, Gabriela García.
Arce Cabrera explained that cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality among children and adolescents worldwide.
“Sinaloa is one of the states with the highest incidence of cancer nationwide, 50 to 60 cases a year, because we do have a very high prevalence, of 100 cases, the prevalence means that they are patients who are still in treatment, and the incidence I speak of new patients, who diagnose them every year, fortunately despite being one of the states with the highest incidence of cancer, we also have a survival of the highest, ”he said.
He said that the timely diagnosis and proper management of it can improve the prognosis of the child and increase the chances of cure in up to 70 percent of cases, so it is important to detect the symptoms in time.
“They are alarm data, it does not mean that your child is going to have cancer, the main symptoms are fever, it is usually difficult to control and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive sweating or weight loss, the appearance of lumps in any part of the body, we usually tell him some glanguecito near the neck, ”he said.
For its part, the Psycho-oncologist at the Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital, Gabriela García, said that in order to obtain better results it is essential to have inter-disciplinary attention.
“In the pediatric patient, this part of the communication is very complicated, but since the diagnosis is given, the parents are uncertain, fear, coping, no, it is cancer, treatment, all this, then the child, How we explain, how we support you to understand and collaborate, will depend on your age, not all children are equal, or all families, but according to their needs, and we make an intervention plan, ”he said.
The specialist explained that it is also essential to reach the cure with the least possible sequelae, trying to allow the child to develop a common life.
“But the boy is like getting you blown away, he says something bad happens, I’m sick and even they sometimes regulate themselves by supporting their parents, for example there was a 5 year old boy inside the hospital who told me: -no Tell my mom, but I know she cries and is worried, I’m sick, but I’m going to heal. Understand this part, so something very important is to talk to them with the truth, but you have to know that according to their age, what to know how to tell or answer them, ”he explained.
Dr. Daniela Arce Cabrera, a pediatric oncologist and the Psychooncologist of the Sinaloa Pediatric Hospital, Gabriela García, added that when a child patient is treated with an oncological diagnosis, one does not only work with the child, but also with the family and its environment.
Source: linea directa
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