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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 178

Challenges to cancer care: Response to Cancer care in the developing world: Is it all that morose?


Clinical Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Date of Web Publication17-May-2019

Correspondence Address:
Chepsy C Philip
Clinical Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Brown Road, Ludhiana - 141 008, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_21_18

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How to cite this article:
Philip CC, Mathew A, John M J. Challenges to cancer care: Response to Cancer care in the developing world: Is it all that morose?. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2018;1:178

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Philip CC, Mathew A, John M J. Challenges to cancer care: Response to Cancer care in the developing world: Is it all that morose?. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jun 16];1:178. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2018/1/2/178/258540



We appreciate the letter to the editor, “Cancer care in the developing world: Is it all that morose?”[1] by Chandrasekharan, A concerning our article “Cancer Care: Challenges in the developing world.”[2] Dr. Chandrasekharan has made some pertinent observations, and we concur that chronic infection, tobacco usage, and vaccination are significant challenges in the developing world which need attention. We also have made note that there are recent initiatives which are being taken in different countries to improve cancer care.[3],[4],[5] Our survey is an attempt to recognize the differences and similarities of challenges to cancer care within the developing world, and it is not our claim that this is completely reflective of every country whose participants we surveyed. We are not sure if the involvement of the private sector as alluded to by Dr. Chandrasekharan might be reflective of every country we surveyed and might not be able to generalize although it is possibly a valid suggestion in the Indian setting. The discussion section of our article included our limitations and carefully qualified the futility of extrapolating our data, stressed variations in health-care delivery systems, and the need for larger trials to further address this issue.[2] Ultimately, we are in agreement that managing cancer in the developing world has its challenges.

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Chandrasekharan A. Cancer care in the developing world: Is it all that morose? Cancer Res Stat Treat 2018;1:177.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Philip CC, Mathew A, John MJ. Cancer care: Challenges in the developing world. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2018;1:58-62.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Lahariya C. 'Ayushman Bharat' program and universal health coverage in India. Indian Pediatr 2018;55:495-506.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Bagcchi S. Doctors criticise India's “ill conceived” launch of publicly funded health insurance scheme. BMJ 2018;360:k1448.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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New Plan will Help Improve Cancer Treatment and Save Lives in Nigeria. Clinton Health Access Initiative; 2018. Available from: https://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/new-plan-will-help-improve-cancer- treatment-save-lives-nigeria/. [Last accessed on 2018 Sep 10].  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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