'800 Cases of All Are Diagnosed Every Year in TN'
Next time if you find your kid suffering from fever, nose or gums bleeding and joint pain for a prolonged period even after treatment, it’s better to get a blood test done as it could also be Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) — a cancer arising from white blood cells, say experts from the Cancer Institute. They assure that the chances of complete cure is more when treated early.
ALL is most common among small children and it seems to be more prevalent these days with nearly 20,000-25,000 new cases diagnosed in India. In Tamil Nadu alone, nearly 800 cases are diagnosed every year, in which 30-40 per cent of cases are from Chennai.
The rising incidence of ALL alarming for the doctors as majority of the patients are children and young adults. According to experts, the peak incidence of this cancer can be found among children in the age group of two to five years. But in Chennai, the case is common among young adults above ten.
“Maybe the rise in the number of cases has doubled since 1980s due to better diagnostic facilities and awareness. But there are also instances where many children are not treated on time and by the time they reach us, it is too late for them. That’s why we insist on early diagnosis,” said T G Sagar, director and dean of the Cancer Institute, during a press meet here.
With more and more facilities available at the Cancer Institute, they assure that the survival rate has increased to several levels in India.
“We have currently reached a survival rate of 70 per cent in India. But when compared to West, where the survival rate has increased from 30 to 90 per cent, we still lag behind. So that’s the basis for this International Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Meet 2014, where we have invited experts from all over the country and other countries to discuss ALL in detail and improve treatment for patients in India,” said T G Sagar.
The International meet will have delegates from various premier institutes in India and two experts from Germany and Poland to share their experience based on their research. Nearly 150 delegates participated in the two day event.