Tishreen Newspaper, English Website
Up to 50% of children with cancer in Syria are cured amid international concern over growing rates of this non-communicable disease and local challenges represented by drug shortages and price hikes, according to a study conducted by BASMA Association for children with cancer.
The study used data for children with cancer between 2009 and 2013 based on the fact that treatment for most of the common cancers require at least 5 years to determine whether a treatment is beneficial, said Rima Salem, Executive Director at BASMA Association. She added that the “Smile has returned” will be the title of the association’s annual campaign usually launched in February every year marking the International Childhood Cancer Day. The campaign will include 28 ways to bring focus to pediatric cancer and provide support to children with cancer, in addition to awareness-raising activities in public and private universities.