Making Strides in Pediatric Oncology in Mongolia: Dr. Eric Sandler’s Thoughts

We’ve now been at the Center For Maternal and Child Health for 3 days and working quite hard consulting on patients, teaching and learning in our respective specialties. I think we are all thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day (and jet lag doesn’t help either).  It was so exciting to hear that many of the chemotherapy drugs that they did not have last year, as well as recombinant factor concentrates are now on the formulary and being used. The oncology doctors feel that our recommendations made last year really helped to improve the formulary and we are already working on some formulary suggestions for next year. In addition, the pathology department now has a flow cytometer and all the reagents needed. Unfortunately, they have not yet had any instruction on use and interpretation of results so it is not being used yet. Hopefully that will come soon.  All the doctors and staff seem happy to have our input and I think we really do make a difference in the care that the children receive.

Today was the first day of our 3- day symposium giving lectures to faculty and residents. There were about 50-60 people in attendance and I didn’t see anyone fall asleep, which says something about their interest in what we have to say. Looking forward to 2 more days of hard work!



-Dr. Eric Sandler

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  1. Terry Humphrey

     /  August 28, 2013


  2. Dan and Cat Jolley

     /  August 28, 2013

    Hi Eric and the team…

    Great to hear you are back and that things are going well. Sounds like things have improved and we’re so pleased they have factor! Hope things continue to go smoothly. Pass on our love to Rita, Margie and the kids.

    Love, Dan and Cat


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