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Jakarta Post

Early detection can make the difference

  /   Fri, February 13 2009   /  06:23 pm

It is never easy to treat children with cancer, nor is it easy detecting the disease. Child cancer specialist Djajadiman Gatot said parents often had difficulty noticing the signs of cancer in their children, because, unlike adults, small kids tend not to complain about any pain or sickness they are enduring. "That's why in most cases, the children come to the hospital when they are already at stage three or four," said Djajadiman, a doctor at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital. Leukemia, he said, is the most common type of cancer found in children, accounting for a third of the total number of cases. Other types of cancer affecting children include brain cancer, bone and muscle cancer, lymphoma (in the lymphatic system), retinoblastoma (eye cancer) and Wilms tumor (kidney cancer). Although there is no exact figure on the incidence of cancer among Indonesian childre...