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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 609-615

Clinicoepidemiological profiles, clinical practices, and the impact of holistic care interventions on outcomes of pediatric hematolymphoid malignancies - A 7-year audit of the pediatric hematolymphoid disease management group at Tata Memorial Hospital

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 ImPaCCT Foundation of Pediatric Oncology Division, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Cytogenetics, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
7 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
8 Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Gaurav Narula
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_487_17

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INTRODUCTION: The Pediatric Hematolymphoid Disease Management Group (PHL-DMG) at a tertiary cancer care hospital developed extensive patient support programs to improve retention and outcomes while focusing on protocols adapted to meet patient needs. An audit of measures and outcomes was done for a 7-year period from January 2010 to December 2016. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DMG protocols and patient support activities over the study period were documented and audited. Data was retrieved from internal databases and records. Measures taken and their impact were assessed by descriptive analytical tools. Survival outcomes were calculated using Kaplan–Meier method on SPSS v. 24™ software. RESULTS: Holistic patient support measures were undertaken through a charitable foundation entirely under pediatric oncology. Activities included infrastructure growth, socioeconomic support, provision of accommodation, nutrition, education, and multiple blood component donation drives. Patient registrations increased from 502 in 2009 to 874 in 2016, with the steepest rise in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – 330 (2009) to 547 (2016). Treatment refusal and abandonment rates decreased from 32% to 3.4% over the same period, and male to female ratio decreased from 2.56 to 2.28:1. Early mortality in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) fell within 2 years from 26.7% in 2009 to 7%. Five-year overall survival (OS) was 69.5% for all patients registered in 2010, whereas disease-specific 5-year OS was ALL 67.1%, AML 49.3%, chronic myeloid leukemia 100%, Hodgkin lymphoma 90.4%, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma 74.2%. CONCLUSIONS: Holistic patient support-specific activities and adapted protocols made a measurable impact on patient outcomes. High survival outcomes of patients have been achieved despite relatively few receiving salvage therapies or stem cell transplant.


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