Early Diagnosis of Childhood Cancer
In many countries, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children over 1 year of age, exceeded only by accidents.
Fortunately, great progress has been made in the treatment of childhood cancer in recent years, permiting the development of new standardized clinical protocols, which have made it possible to resolve uncertainties and select the most appropriate guidelines for each neoplasm and, more importantly, for each patient's specific situation.
In this regard, given the complexity of current therapies, children with cancer should be referred as early as possible to facilities that have specialized human and technical resources.
This module for the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness aims to contribute to the effort of improving the capacity to identify the early signs of cancer in undergraduate and graduate medical and nursing students and primary care staff.
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