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Lymphomas are cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Typical symptoms start with fever, swelling of some lymph nodes, weight loss, tiredness. The affected lymph nodes could be in the neck, armpit, groin, tonsils, stomach, small intestine. Once a cancer begins in one part of the lymphatic system, it can spread rapidly to other lymph nodes so early diagnosis is important. Diagnosis is done by PET or CT scan and/or biopsy, as suggested by a doctor. The incidence of lymphomas is ~5-7% among all childhood cancers. It is 2-3 time more common in boys than in girls. In India, lymphoma was reported to be the 2nd most common cancer in young boys.

 

Resources:   https://www.worldchildcancer.org/, https://www.indiancancersociety.org/, https://www.acco.org/childhood-lymphomas/, https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/, https://curechildhoodcancer.org/, https://lymphoma-action.org.uk/types-lymphoma-lymphoma-children-and-young-people/lymphoma-children

Kidney cancer rarely affects children. The most common one is Wilms’ tumor, also called nephroblastoma, that accounts for up to 95% of childhood kidney cancers, with most children being below the age of 5 years. It is a fast growing tumor that can spread (metastasize). It is usually treated by surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Commonly used chemo drugs are doxorubicin, vincristine and actinomycin D. Overall survival rates tend to be high (>90%), with favourable histopathology diagnosis and timely treatment.

 

https://www.indiacancersurgerysite.com/wilms-tumor-treatment-india.html

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 30,000 children in India and 10 times that number worldwide develop cancer every year. There is a lack of awareness and timely diagnosis to treat them. Sapien will be sharing the Indian cancer data it has throughout September, starting with colorectal cancer.

Resources: https://www.worldchildcancer.org/, https://www.indiancancersociety.org/, https://www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk/, https://curechildhoodcancer.org/,

Rejig.HydStartups kick-off G.R.O.W

 

First of the Rejig.Hyderabad marathon sessions happened yesterday evening. A total of 13 companies, broadly in area of healthcare, were given 3 minutes each to pitch virtually in front of 4 mentors: @Ambuj Chaturvedi, @Vijay Bhaskar, @Neetika Maheshwari, @Vivek Bhargava, with @Paridhi Gupta and @Ramjee Pallela diligently keeping us all on time. It was heartening to get instant mentor feedback to our pitch for growth funds in that they all said Sapien had clearly proven traction and market validation for its services and products. They were keen to see our roadmap for scale-up, product and IP potential, and interested in seeing how the structured patient data we have built up carefully for breast, lung, renal, colorectal, gliomas etc. could be made available for research at universities to build data analytics & AI capabilities.  I look forward to the 1-on-1 mentoring sessions to help refine our pitch for success.

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