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Paediatric relapsed acute leukaemia: curative intent chemotherapy improves quality of life
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    Personalized treatment plan for children and adolescents with advanced hematological malignancies:
    • Gabriel Revon-Rivière, MD Pediatric Palliative Care Team and Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Department La Timone Children's Hospital, Marseille, France
    • Other Contributors:
      • Arthur Sterin, MD
      • Paul Saultier, MD, PhD

    Research focusing on quality of life (QoL) in children and adolescents with high-risk malignancy (HRM) is of primary importance. As most of these patients are treated in low and middle income countries1, publications from Central America are of great value. We are thankful to Salaverria et al. for their work addressing this complex and key subject2.
    Patients with HRM were defined by Mahmood et al. as having more than 50% risk of death due to their disease. These patients should receive optimal symptoms management and optimal disease directed therapies to increase both their survival and QoL. To achieve this, the intervention of a specialized pediatric palliative care (PPC) team was proven feasible and effective3, 4. PPC is as a holistic approach that does not exclude cancer directed care and should include the best chemotherapy regimen aiming at optimal QoL and life expectancy.
    Salaverria et al. described a prospective cohort of 60 patients suffering from relapsed or refractory leukemia. 44 patients of them died, 39 of whom due to leukemia progression. All Enrolled patients were prospectively followed and assessed for self or proxy-reported QoL with a nearly exhaustive data collection. These results give us a very precise and unprecedented insight into HRM patients’ QoL.
    In this sample, all patients received chemotherapy, 65% of patients received specialized PPC at inclusion and 79.5% received specialized PPC in the last month of life. Initial curative in...

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