YEREVAN, February 4. / ARKA /. Cancer affected children in Armenia are treated by the latest medicines, Grigor Badalyan, head of Pediatric Oncology and Chemotherapy Department at the National Oncology Center, said today.
“We use all methods of cancer treatment - surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy- to treat children suffering from cancer," he said to the press conference marking the International Day against Cancer.
He said these children are being aided by the Armenian fund "Gift of Life ", chaired by First Lady Rita Sargsyan.
"The fund provides seek Armenian children with all the necessary medicines, even the most expensive," - he said, adding that only 2-3 cases need medical care abroad.
“There is a group of children with very severe type of the disease requiring extremely high dosages of chemotherapy to be followed by bone marrow transplant, and it is the only method we do not have here. In such cases the children should be treated abroad, however, it is not a 100% treatment guarantee, " he said.
Badalyan also presented statistics, which say that treatment effectiveness in developed countries is 75-80 %, and 20-25% in underdeveloped countries. He said this figure for Armenia is 65%.
Of 7,877 primary cancer cases reported in 2012 more than 50 were cancer affected children, he said denying allegations that this number was on the rise.
February 4 is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the Day against Cancer. WHO forecasts that by 2020 the number of new cases in the world will reach 20 million, and the disease may become epidemic. -0-