Understanding the Cancer Journey: Tests & Procedures 2


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 the second group of our new pages containing vital information regarding Blood 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

 

Blood Tests

Blood Studies

blood studiesBlood studies are tests that examine a patient’s blood. They are the most common tests done for cancer patients. They help doctors follow the course of a patient’s disease and select the right treatment dosage.

Blood can be drawn in a variety of ways, depending on your child’s situation. The most common way to draw blood is to insert a needle into a vein.

However, children undergoing chemotherapy may have a central venous line in place from which blood can be drawn.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

Bone-Marrow-AsipirateA bone marrow aspiration is a test to see if cells in the bone marrow are healthy. Bone marrow is the “factory” where blood cells are made. Bone marrow is found in the center of bones and is made up of both spongy bone and liquid marrow.

For this test, a needle is placed in a bone (usually the hipbone) and a small amount of liquid bone marrow is pulled into a syringe (usually 1-3 teaspoons). It is sent to the laboratory to be tested for cancer cells.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Bone-Marrow-Biopsy-WebA bone marrow biopsy is used to study an actual piece of spongy bone marrow. It may be completed at the same time as a bone marrow aspirate.

For this test, a needle is placed in a bone (usually the hipbone); a small piece of spongy bone marrow is removed and sent to the laboratory to be tested.

 

 

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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 4 February, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Tests & Procedures, Videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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