Experts raise hope on childhood cancer survival rate in Nigeria | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News
A haematologist/oncologist, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof Edamisan Temiye, who made this known, lamented that late presentation of childhood cancers reduces the cure rate in patients suffering from the ailment in Nigeria. “Once the cancer is in stages three to four, it becomes a challenge to cure. So, presenting late makes the cure rate to be low in Nigeria.”He also noted that high rate of poverty in Nigeria and non-availability of support care like health insurance makes cancer treatment too expensive and not accessible, thereby reducing the rate of cure. On her part, the Founder, Children Living with Cancer Foundation (CLWCF), Dr. Nneka Nwobbi, said there is need for more awareness creation for people to know about the ailment, which can be prevented, adding that the foundation will continue to preach the gospel of cancer prevention yearly, while giving support to families whose children have cancer. She, however, noted that to drive childhood cancer to the barest minimum requires collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, including the patients, adding: “A child that has cancer does not just have cancer alone; the whole family is affected.”Nwobbi further appealed to well meaning individuals, public and private companies to reach out with support to children that have cancers.