Why does India have an abysmal record in curing childhood cancers?

Nov 07, 2019, 12:37 PM
Did you know that cancer in children constitutes 5.5% of total cancer cases in India according to the Indian Council for Medical Research? A study published in 2016 stated that this percentage has more than doubled from the previous decade. However, only a small percentage of children suffering from cancer receive or are able to complete the treatment. While cure rates for common childhood cancers are over 80% in the developed world, in India, they hover around 30%. 

On the occasion of National Cancer Awareness Day, we bring this special episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Sudha Sinha, Medical Oncologist, American Oncology Institute, Hyderabad.

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