Progress in Pediatric Oncology is one of the biggest success stories in oncology in the last millennium. The 5-year survival for all pediatric cancers is now 75-80%. The outlook of pediatric oncology in India is humanizing with the scientific advances and an aware parent. There was a time when diagnosing cancer in a child was akin to passing a death sentence for the child and an emotional mayhem for the mother and a financial disaster for the father. Only the higher strata of the society could afford to take their children to the foreign shores and get treatment.
We have made steady progress in the last few decades. With competent teachers, dedicated doctors and resourceful philanthropists we have brought the state of the art treatment modules and therapy to the afflicted children of our state and country at large; well within the reach of the common man.
The three main pillars of this speciality are: Patience, Persistence and Perseverance on the part of the parents and the treating pediatric oncologist.