Improving the quality-of-life for cancer survivors


Through our support of research and the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic at the University of Minnesota, the first clinic of it’s kind in the world, physician researchers can learn more about the medical, neurocognitive, and emotional late-effects of childhood cancer treatments and provide health care based on risk factors associated with prior cancer treatment.

Childhood cancer, the leading killer of children by disease, is the penultimate childhood health struggle. Unfortunately, the struggle may not end when the therapy does, and long-term effects of cancer treatment may pose life-long heath risks as significant as the cancer itself. Intensive therapies used to treat cancer—like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and blood and marrow transplants—not only destroy the cancer cells but may also damage healthy cells in the process.  A child undergoing cancer treatment may experience ongoing issues well into adulthood.

To learn more, a group of physicians from 26 of the most respected pediatric cancer institutions in the United States conducted the largest study of survivors of childhood cancer, surveying more than 14,000 survivors and comparing their health to those of their siblings.  The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study—partially funded by Children’s Cancer Research Fund—found that childhood cancer survivors are more likely to develop “late effects” involving not only cardiovascular complications but other issues, as well, such as infertility, hearing and vision loss, stroke, secondary cancers, cognitive disabilities, and mental and emotional difficulties.

Read more on childhood cancer survivorship in the rest of the above article on the Children’s Cancer Research Fund website



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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