“'You have cancer.'
No one ever wants to hear to those words. Imagine when the cancer-stricken patient is young, a child or a teenager who should still be looking forward to many experiences life has to offer.
Even more devastating is that “in the Philippines, two-thirds of pediatric patients with cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages.” This is the grim reality revealed by Prof. Loyda Cajucom of the UP Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies. She is a registered nurse, and a graduate and a former faculty member of UP Manila who has firsthand experience of dealing with pediatric cancer patients.
This, along with the lack of developed palliative and supportive care programs in the country and UPOU’s leadership in open and distance e-learning, led her to spearhead 'Aruga sa Batang may Cancer (ABC).' This online resource, funded by a grant from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, is dedicated to, as the name indicates, caring for children with cancer.
ABC is the first of its kind in the country..."