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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods: Federal government agencies and federal medical institutions developed a treatment protocol for ALL. From January 2005, a National Hospital Accreditation process was carried out.
Results: Twenty-seven institutions from 23 states (out of 31 states and the Federal District) were accredited to treat children with cancer. From January to October 2005, 879 untreated children with ALL were registered. Male gender predominates (55.7%) and age range was from 8 months to 18 years old with a median of 9 years. Treatment risk category assigned was 65% as standard risk (SR) and high risk (HR) (35%), however not all institutions are currently running cytogenetic and/or molecular studies in order to assign other risk factors. The preliminary data show an early mortality of 6% (mostly HR), the majority to infections. It is to early to conclude results of the study, but less than 1% have abandon treatment. Next January 6th 2006 the remaining leukemia's of childhood and solid tumors will start to be sponsor in the same fashion.