Lege Artis Medicinae

[PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY IN HUNGARY IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM]

SCHULER Dezső

OCTOBER 20, 2001

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2001;11(10)

[Pediatric malignancies are the most frequent causes of death among 1-15 year old children. These children are treated in 10 pediatric oncology centres in Hungary with therapy based on the same protocols. The author emphasises the importance of late side effects of the therapy, especially the cardiotoxicity, decreased fertility, secondary tumors and the neuropsychologic sequelae. In pediatric oncology, regular checkups of all affected children is the best way for secondary prevention. Molecular genetic studies and minimal residual disease prove to be valuable prognostic factors. New trends of therapy based on better knowledge of molecular biology and immunological characteristics of tumor cells are also mentioned.]

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