May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month

Go Grey for May

Good Day Little Fighter Friends,

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and as such Little Fighters Cancer Trust will be doing a series of articles on Brain Cancer throughout the month.

For an overview on Brain Cancer in Children please refer to our Brain Cancer Page under Child Cancer Types.

When it comes to brain cancer, children are not just little adults, as some people often believe; their brains are still developing and their needs are very different to that of adults. Brain tumours in children are also very different to brain tumours in adults and need to be treated differently Brain tumours in children are rare, but at the same time they are the most common form of solid tumour amongst children under the age of 15 and represent approximately 20% of all childhood cancers. Childhood Brain Tumours often behave differently and appear in totally different locations to brain tumours in adults.  Treatment options vary and are very often influenced by the age of the child.  Childhood Brain Cancer often also has a far better prognosis than adult brain cancer does.

A full transcript of the Webinar can be accessed HERE

 Some Quick Facts About Brain Cancer

There are more than 120 different types of tumour;

  • Brain tumours are a notoriously difficult disease to diagnose
  • Brain tumour research is woefully under-funded and treatments lag seriously behind other cancers
  • Our understanding of other cancers does not readily translate to brain tumours
  • Patient personality changes that can occur as a result of a brain tumour cause massive family disruption
  • Much more research is needed to discover the cause of brain tumours and to understand their behaviour

brain tumor ribbons


About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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