All children with cancer have one thing in common: a decreased ability to fight infections
. This requires them to be extremely careful and minimize their exposure. The chances of a child with cancer becoming sick increases greatly, particularly in low to middle income countries. Once a sick child arrives to a medical facility it is imperative to their survival that they are treated immediately, ideally within the first hour of arrival. Often, very inexpensive antibiotics and other readily available medications will immediately reverse infections and decrease added complications. Oncologists throughout the world as well as World Child Cancer refer to this immediate treatment as “The Golden Hour”. Obviously, you can see how important that time is.
World Child Cancer is working hard helping medical professionals and medical facilities throughout the globe to understand the importance of “The Golden Hour”, thus increasing survival for children with cancer. Over the last few months, Dr. Terrie Flatt and Dr. Lillia Garcia have traveled from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and conducted trainings at our project sites in Oxaca and Pachuca, Mexico. These trainings include specific protocols for “The Golden Hour” that have been taught to doctors and nurses. Thanks to many of you, World Child Cancer is also purchasing and delivering more effective antibiotics to each of these hospitals to ensure they have enough on hand which can be prescribed and administered during the first hour of a sick child’s arrival, during “The Golden Hour”.
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