MEMPHIS, Tenn. – (localmemphis.com) – Doctors and researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are working with doctors around the world to treat kids with cancer. St. Baldrick’s Foundation recently awarded St. Jude Global nearly $200,000 to help fund the cause.
St. Jude doctor Lisa Force travels to other countries to help treat young patients and collaborate with other doctors.
“I think one of the problems in the field is that people are starting to recognize that it’s a problem, childhood cancer globally that we need to address,” said Force.
Force travels the world to share critical information with doctors in countries like Africa who are trying to treat kids with cancer, but resources and healthcare are limited. Many children will die because they don’t have access to proper diagnosis and treatment. Plus, families don’t have the money or transportation to get help.
Force said, “There’s over 90% of children that develop cancer in the world that are estimated to be in lower and middle-income countries where they don’t have the access to places like St. Jude.”
Dr. Force says grants like the one she received from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation help save lives. The grant will help with research on leukemia which is one of the most common forms of childhood cancer.
“This grant will focus on low and middle-income countries and these steps there, there will certainly be things that we’ll learn that as they’re applied in other settings we can then circle back and apply them here,” Force said.