According to the statistics, about 5.5-6 thousand children are observed by the National cancer institute of the Health Ministry of Ukraine annually, deputy head of the Institute's children oncology department Serhiy Pavlyk told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the official the total rate of survival among children is 55%. About 80% of children receive special treatment, while 20% remain without treatment at all for various reasons.

"3.5 thousand Ukrainian children undergo examination on cancer confirmation annually. 400 - 450 children are diagnosed with the disease. Medical treatment and financial provision are not full. The major part of means is spent for expensive medicaments for chemotherapy," Pavlyk said. 

According to the deputy head of oncohematology department of "Ohmadet" children hospital Natalia Kubalia, 300-360 children get sick with acute leukemia annually in Ukraine. All of them need chemotherapy, and 20% need bone-marrow transplantation.

"Despite the high level of survival - 80%, there is a problem of the cost of life of a patient. The government provides only 40-60% of necessary means, and the rest is given by volunteers," Kubalia said.

"My child has been sick with cancer since 2003. And only bone-marrow transplantation can save him, but the cost of such operation is 150-200 thousand euros. 90% of Ukraine's population just does not have this money. Besides, some children do not have time to wait for their parents to collect the money," Mr Chucherov, father of a sick child said.

Representatives of public organizations urge the government to carry out programs on fight against cancer, to provide 100% medical support to the patients and to provide Ukraine's joining the international register of bone-marrow donors.

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