It is the outcome of the seminar organised by the National Cancer Control Committee in Yaounde last November 16.
The mere mention of childhood cancer is a source of confusion and panic for families. How should parents whose children have the disease react? It was the main aim of the Mbankomo meeting on November 16. It was also to validate and adopt the guide to tackle this plague. The encounter was organised by the National Cancer Control Committee.
The meeting chaired by Professor NKEGOUM Blaise, Secretary General of the National Cancer Control Committee was attended by parents of sick children, former patients, associations fighting for the cause, church leaders, psychologists and doctors specialized in this issue.
The rich and educational content of the guide provides parents of children with cancer with information about causes, types of cancer affecting the child, tests to be done, complications that may occur, treatment, follow-up, both in hospital and at home, psychological support, palliative care, psychological effects, nutrition and emergency advice.
The discussion led to the following recommendations : change the format of the guide from A4 to A5, the modification of the images and the contextualisation of them, the creation of a glossary; the inclusion of acronyms and abbreviations; removing ambiguous sentences and adding survivor testimonies at the end of the Guide.