Overview of Childhood Cancers at a Regional Cancer Centre in North-East India


Childhood cancers are relatively uncommon in comparison to adult cancers. There is no literature available toshed light on clinic-pathological types and patterns of care for childhood cancers in our population in North-EastIndia. In this analysis we therefore tried to determine the common childhood cancers diagnosed in our institute,clinical profile of the patients, types of treatment and compliance, and median survival estimates. Leukemia wasmost common, followed by retinoblastoma, central nervous system tumours and lymphomas. Ascertaining theclinic-pathological profile of childhood cancers in our population is essential for allocation and management ofresources for this small but important group of patients.