Supportive care for children with cancer

In collaboration with and at the request of our colleagues in Indonesia, we conduct this project to improve the supportive care of children with cancer. Supportive care is needed to compensate for the side effects and complications of cancer treatment. Such as the treatment of infections, nausea, pain and nutritional support. The better the supportive care, the better children can endure the treatment and that improves their chance of recovery. Moreover, good supportive care leads to a better quality of life. Many children with cancer in poor countries simply die due to complications from treatment and thus from lack of supportive care. There is enormous profit to be gained here.

Supportive care project Indonesia
The Dr. Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta is already working with great success with a parent education program. Medication diaries are used and support meetings are held for parents. The aim of this new supportive care project is to improve the quality of life of young cancer patients and their families. Among other things, the focus will be on the provision of preventive antibiotics to reduce the risk of infections and thus the risk of death. Cancer and the necessary aggressive, but potentially curative, treatment can lead to complications and side effects. One of the most important complications is infections. In developing countries, these infections in children with cancer are more often fatal. Offering preventive antibiotics can help improve the chances of survival. This new project will also focus on palliative care and the regular measurement and recording of physical and psychological symptoms and the quality of life of children with cancer. Research coordinator Saskia Mostert and pediatric oncologist Gertjan Kaspers supervise the project from the Netherlands, local supervisors are Prof. Sri Mulatsih and PhD candidate Alexandra Widita Pangarso.