UP webinar to focus on case of a child battling COVID-19 and cancer

| Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office


Close to 3,000 new cases of cancer in children are reported every year, and an estimated half of these cases are leukemia. Children with leukemia are immunocompromised and prone to infections, putting them at even greater risk of contracting severe COVID-19.

The 20th installment of the UP webinar series “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS” will focus on the case of a three-year-old boy with acute lymphocytic leukemia, who was admitted to the hospital due to severe respiratory distress. When the patient’s condition did not approve even after various antibiotics were given, the medical team suspected COVID-19 and decided to put him on plasma convalescent therapy.

The upcoming webinar in the UP webinar series will dive deep into this case, with Dr. Sally Jane G. Aro, consultant in Infectious Disease and Tropical Diseases at the UP Philippine General Hospital’s (UP-PGH) Department of Pediatrics as presenter. Dr. Patricia A. Alcasabas, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, UP-PGH Department of Pediatrics, will be the discussant. Reactors will be Dr. Mary Ann Castor, Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, UP-PGH Department of Pediatrics, and Mr. Howie Severino, journalist and COVID-19 survivor.

The UP webinar series “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, the country’s first online medical grand rounds, is organized by the University of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila NIH Telehealth Center, in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Medicine and the UP-PGH.

The next “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”webinar, “Will Plasma Convalescent Therapy Save a 3-year old Boy with COVID-19?”, will be held on September 4, 2020, Friday, at 12nn.

Register here: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar20.