Understanding the Cancer Journey: Tests & Procedures 1


iStock_000015992863SmallWhen 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

 

General Procedures

Biopsy  

biopsy
A biopsy is a test in which a small piece of tumor or tissue is taken out of the body to be examined for cancer cells.

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.

Central Lines

Central Lines
Maintaining intravenous (IV) access for children requiring chemotherapy is a challenge.

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.

Kidney Tests

Kidney Tests
Kidney tests measure how well the kidneys are working, particularly what types of substances are being released into the urine, at what levels and how quickly.

Different tests measure different functions of the kidneys

Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)

lumbar puncture
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 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.

 

 

 

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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

Posted on 3 February, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Tests & Procedures and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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