Understanding the Cancer Journey: Tests & Procedures 1
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the parents and the child are usually in shock over the diagnosis, and this can make them feel totally lost and at sea because the general Jane or Joe Public does not really know that much about cancer, especially Childhood Cancer.
Their lives and all that they thought they knew has changed within a mere moment – they have to digest the bad news and the fact their lives are about to be taken over by this disease that can devastate whole families in so many ways.
Apart from the emotional, physical and financial stress, one also has to learn and deal with a lot of new medical terminology and scary and unfamiliar tests.
Understanding the Cancer Journey
With this in mind, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been hard at work behind the scenes researching and documenting the most common type of test and procedures that your child may have to undergo in an effort to help you better understand and take some stress off of you.
We have tried our level best to lay it all out in simple terms and provide as much information as possible, including videos where possible.
Today we would like to introduce you to our new pages containing vital information regarding General Tests that are normally done for Childhood Cancer.
Please go through the pages when you have some time – they will always be there for your edification. If at any stage you need some information about a new test or procedure, just type the name into the “search” box at the top right of the blog and you will get a list of any pages or articles containing that reference.
Click on the Pictures below for a full explanation, video, possible side-effects and tips for parents
This procedure is done to determine the exact type of cancer that is present.
A biopsy can also be done to determine whether the treatment has gotten rid of cancer cells or to monitor continued remission.
There are devices available to make this process easier.
The type of device chosen is dependent upon the type and duration of therapy and personal preference.
Different tests measure different functions of the kidneys
Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
A lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, is an image-guided procedure performed on the lower back which removes fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord to examine it for cancer cells or infection.
A lumbar puncture may also be performed to inject medication into the spinal column. Children and adolescents are usually given anesthesia or sedation before a lumbar puncture is performed.
Pulmonary Function Test
Pulmonary function Tests (PFTs) are a group of tests that measure how well your lungs work.
This includes how well you’re able to breathe and how effective your lungs are able to bring oxygen to the rest of your body.
Your doctor may order these tests: if you’re having symptoms of lung problems.
Visit us again soon for our list of Blood Tests, Imaging Tests, and Nuclear Medicine Scans.
Posted on 3 February, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Tests & Procedures and tagged Biopsy, cancer, Cancer Journey, cancer treatment, Central Lines, childhood cancer, Common Medical Procedures, Kidney Tests, Little Fighters, Lumbar Puncture, MRI, Pulmonary Function Test, Spinal Tap. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.