Doctors and philanthropists join their efforts in order to solve the problem of child oncology; the latter not only provide targeted assistance but also invest substantial funds into development of an expensive branch of oncology – radiology. Thus, by the end of 2014 it is expected that a modern radiological centre will be opened in the territory of the National Cancer Institute.
Every year around 1000 children are diagnosed with oncological diseases in Ukraine
Today, on February 14, on the eve of the International Childhood Cancer Day, UNIAN Information Agency held a press conference with participation of the Head Pediatric Oncologist of Ukraine, Director of Child Oncology Department of the National Cancer Institute (Kyiv) Grigoriy Klimnyuk, Chief Physician of Rivne Regional Oncologic Dispensary Grigoriy MAKSYMYAK, Chief of Radiotherapy Department of Rivne Oncologic Dispensary Tatiana Shcheglovskaya and Head of “Cancer Can Be Cured” program of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Development of Ukraine” Victoria Mykolayuk.
Every year, on February 15, the International Childhood Cancer Day is celebrated all over the world with the purpose of actualization of important aspects of cancer diagnostics and treatment among children, as well as support and care after children with oncological diseases. Also, starting from 2003, on this day in Ukraine we traditionally speak of child health, hold events and actions. According to the Ukrainian cancer-register, over 1000 children in Ukraine fall ill with cancer every year. The most spread malignant tumors among children are leukemia, cerebral tumors, malignant neoplasms of bones and articular cartilages, lymphoma. About half of children with oncology diseases need accurate treatment with the help of modern radiologic equipment (linear accelerators) and diagnostics (computer tomography scanners), which till recently have been practically unavailable for the Ukrainian children ill with cancer.
Head Pediatric Oncologist Grigoriy Klimnyuk noted that significant part of children with emergence malignant solid neoplasms were treated at the Children’s Department of the National Cancer Institute. According to his words, “250-300 children from all regions of Ukraine undergo treatment every year – these are children with all kinds of solid malignant neoplasms, except for thyrophyma and malignant diseases of the hematopoietic system. Only for the last year we have performed around 200 complicated operative interventions, 38 bone marrow transplantations. Today we have sufficient resources, medicines and specialists in order to provide the highest-level assistance to children and bring the result of our treatment into proximity with the figures demonstrated by the developed countries. The most expected event of 2014 for us will be the opportunity to treat children with solid tumors with the help of high-technology equipment on the basis of new Radiological Centre of the National Cancer Institute, which is collaboratively constructed by charitable foundations of Rinat Akhmetov and Vasyl Khmelnitskiy”.
Also, Grigoriy Klimnyuk explained the main myths about child cancer existing in the society. As, for example, the myth that child cancer has no signs or symptoms. Any disease, including cancer, has certain signs and symptoms. Often, especially at an early stage, these signs may be detected by doctors only – when examining children or during laboratory tests. That’s why children of all ages must undergo regular medical examinations, and their parents must take such examinations very seriously. Another myth is related to the perception that the only way you can help children ill with cancer is with your funds. However, each of us can help such kids. For example, many children need donated blood – success of certain stages of treatment often depends on this mainly painless procedure. Important also is psychological support of children and their parents – you can spend your free time with them, read books, conduct workshops. One more myth is that modern oncological assistance is unavailable for children in Ukraine. Grigoriy Klimnyuk notes that every child has the right for oncological assistance and Ukrainian doctors do all they can to render such assistance.
Today, achievements of the Ukrainian oncology enable to cure 7 out of 10 ill kids. According to Head Pediatric Oncologist, the network of children’s oncological departments is well developed in Ukraine, and most children are treated in Kyiv on the basis of the National Cancer Institute. Speaking of condition of child oncology in Rivne, Chief Physician of Regional Oncological Dispensary Grigoriy Maksymyak informed, first of all, of the results of work of ultramodern Radiation Therapy Centre, which had been established two years before due to equipment purchased by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Development of Ukraine”. According to the Chief Physician, “during this time our staff has gone a long way training how to operate the high-technology equipment and implement new treatment methods. Now, in a small town in Western Ukraine doctors can provide professional medical care at the level of world clinics. Owing to Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, almost 8000 patients have had timely and high-quality diagnostics and treatment of oncology diseases, over 100 of whom are children. Our achievement for these years consists in trust and respect on part of our patients. We receive patients from all over Ukraine, we cooperate with the Filatov Institute of Eye Disease and Tissue Therapy, the National Cancer Institute and other institutions, and we are always open for developing new horizons in our work”.
Head of “Cancer Can Be Cured” program of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Development of Ukraine” Victoria Mykolayuk noted: “Within the “Cancer Can Be Cured” program, the Foundation develops radiology – an important direction in cancer treatment, which, according to the WHO, is prescribed to patients in 60-70 % of cases, including children. Due to devices, provided by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation in regional dispensaries of Donetsk, Chernovtsy, Ivano-Frankovsk, Khmelnitskyi, Rivne and Ternopil, about 600 children in total have undergone diagnostics and treatment. Also, starting from 2007, the Foundation supports children’s oncological departments of the National Cancer Institute and V.K. Gusak IEAS in Donetsk. Within such “targeted assistance”, 11.6 mln UAH have been allocated for such support. And 982 children have received the aid. High-technology medical equipment is supplied to each of 8 regional dispensaries of Western Ukraine; modern Radiological Centres are constructed in Kyiv and Donetsk. Thus, at the end of 2014 in Kyiv, on the basis of the National Cancer Institute, a modern radiological centre will be opened, which will have all conditions required for diagnostics and treatment of around 10,000 patients from all over Ukraine every year, including children. Total cost of this project makes up 20 mln USD”. Press Service of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation “Development of Ukraine” +38 044 502 52 12 Reference: In 2008 Rinat Akhmetov in his own Charitable Foundation “Development of Ukraine” started the “Cancer Can Be Cured” program, which was and remains the first and only large-scale program in Ukraine, established with the purpose that adults and children in Ukraine could get the opportunity to be diagnosed and cured from oncological diseases by the world standards.