Researchers from the University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center has found that the youngest patients with brain tumours - those ages from 0 to 3 months - have about half the five-year survival rate as children ages 1 to 19. The study was published in the journal, 'Journal of Neuro-Oncology'. Adam Green, MD, an associate professor of pediatric haematology/oncology in the CU School of Medicine, and his co-researchers analyzed population-based data for almost 14,500 children ages 0 to 19 who were diagnosed with brain tumours.
They found significantly poorer outcomes among the youngest patients. "It's unusual to see infants or babies with brain tumours, but we do see them," Green explained. "We generally just don't have the same standards of treatment that we do for older children. We also know that infants can't report their own symptoms like older kids often can," he added.
Green and his co-researchers used data from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, a national cancer registry that covers more than a quarter of the U.S. population and represents the extensive diversity of the country. The researchers extracted SEER data relating to childhood brain tumours and divided it into three age groups - 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, and 6 to 12 months. They compared data in these three groups with brain tumour data in people ages 1 to 19. What they discovered, Green said that "the types of brain tumours that babies get are different than in older patients, and that's an important finding in and of itself. The most important findings we had were that the survival that babies have from brain tumours is worse than older kids for almost all of the types of brain tumours we study."
Further data analysis showed that five-year survival in the 0 to 3 months age group is between 30 and 35 per cent, whereas five-year survival in the 1 to 19 age group is about 70 per cent. Five-year survival in the 3 to 6 month and 6 to 12 month age groups was also significantly lower than in older children.
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday recalled his memories with late Australia spinner Shane Warne. Warne tragically died from a heart attack at the age of 52 early this month. "It was in the year 1991 that I played against him.
We were playing a practice game against Prime Minister's XI. And here comes a stocky, strong, blonde guy bowling leg-spin. The focus was on other bowlers, by that time I had played a couple of years of international cricket and the focus was on the rest of the attack. But Shane came and bowled some incredible deliveries," said Tendulkar in a video posted on his YouTube channel and 100MB app.
"He was not as accurate compared to what he became towards the latter part of his career but it was evident that he had strong fingers, good wrist position, strong shoulders and gave it a good rip. I was beaten on a couple of occasions as the ball spun. On Australian surfaces, the ball didn't spin initially but as the match progressed, the ball started turning. But Shane was someone who was able to spin the ball from Day 1," he added.
Tendulkar further said that he last met Warne in London - where he had paid a visit after IPL 2021. The two got together and even played golf. "After the last IPL, I went to England to spend some time in London where we got in touch with each other and also planned a round of Golf. It was fun. When Shane was around, there was not a dull moment. He was full of entertainment and jokes and those mini battles that we had, I realise it was not just the spin but also the swing that came naturally to him. He was a good golfer. I hate saying he was because we have to accept what has happened. For us, he will continue to live in our hearts," said Tendulkar.
"I enjoyed physically meeting him in London but even post that, I remember my last message to him was when he met with a bike accident. I said hope you are okay, everything is fine? He said no I just took my bike out for a spin and it skidded and I am injured but I should be fine. So my response to that was - you could spin the ball the way you wanted to but taking out your bike for a spin isn't a good idea, my friend. And he responded by saying he was on pain killers for 4-5 days and that he should be okay," he added.
Warne famously claimed his 700th Test wicket at the ground on Boxing Day in 2006 when he dismissed England captain Andrew Strauss and finished his career with 56 Test wickets at the iconic venue.