Federico G. Antillon

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The difference in survival for children diagnosed with cancer between high- and low-income countries (LIC) continues to widen as curative therapies are developed in the former but not implemented in the latter. In 1996, the Monza International School of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (MISPHO) was founded in an attempt to narrow this survival gap. During its(More)
The dramatic reduction of pediatric cancer mortality rates has been one of the greatest accomplishments of contemporary medicine. About 80% of children with cancer are now expected to be cured by current therapies. However, most of the world's children have no access to cancer treatment. The translation of effective pediatric cancer therapies to(More)
BACKGROUND Outcomes for relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have not been documented in resource-limited settings. This study examined survival after relapse for children with ALL in Central America. METHODS A retrospective cohort study was performed and included children with first relapse of ALL in Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of malnutrition in children may exceed 50% in countries with limited resources. The aims of this study were to assess nutritional status at diagnosis in children and adolescents with cancer, and to correlate it with clinical outcomes in the Spanish speaking countries of Central America that formed the AHOPCA (Asociacion de(More)
BACKGROUND About 250-300 children with newly diagnosed cancer are treated each year at the Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica in Guatemala City; less than 5% of them have soft tissue sarcomas (STS). The aim of the article was to evaluate whether the therapeutic standards achieved in STS in developed countries could be reproduced in a low-income(More)
BACKGROUND Most children with cancer live in developing countries where the prevalence of malnutrition may reach 50% and influence the course of the disease. This study examined the prevalence and severity of malnutrition at diagnosis, as well as after 3 and 6 months of chemotherapy, in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in Guatemala. (More)
PURPOSE To improve outcome and study biology of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in El Salvador. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between January 1994 and December 1996, 153 children of El Salvador had newly diagnosed ALL treated in a collaborative program between Hospital Benjamin Bloom and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH). Therapy was based(More)
PURPOSE Although rare, second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) are a devastating consequence of successful treatment of childhood cancer. The 15-year estimated risk of developing a second malignant neoplasm after treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is 2.5%. Most of these neoplasms are central nervous system tumors. The risk of secondary(More)