Number of children dropping out of cancer treatment at Mumbai hospital drops fourfold

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 15 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g220
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

A 2012 study found that the proportion of children with cancer who refused or abandoned treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital fell fourfold from 2009 to 2012, from over 20% to just under 5%. The Mumbai hospital said that this followed an initiative to reduce dropout rates.

Every year around 2000 children begin cancer treatment at Tata Memorial, and historically many have not completed it, prompting the hospital to investigate the reasons for this.1

Shripad Banavali, professor and head of …

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