Understanding the Cancer Journey: Tests & Procedures 4

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 fourth and final group of our new pages containing vital information regarding Nuclear Medicine Scans 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


Nuclear Medicine Scans

Bone Scan

BONE ScanA bone scan, also called a radionuclide scan, a scintigram or nuclear medicine scan, is a nuclear medicine imaging test that uses bone-seeking radioactive materials or tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) and a computer to create pictures of the bones to see if there is a tumor or infection present.

A bone scan is a good way to view and document abnormal metabolic activity in the bones. It can find damage to the bones, determine whether cancer has spread to the bones from another area of the body, and monitor problems such as infection and trauma to the bones.

PET Scan

PET ScanA positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test that looks at tumour activity in the body.

PET scans uses a uses a form of radioactive sugar called a tracer to create images of body function and metabolism and look for disease in the body.

PET imaging can be used to evaluate normal and abnormal biological function of cells and organs.

Gallium Scan

Gallium Scan

A gallium scan is a nuclear medicine diagnostic test that uses a special camera to take images of specific tissues in the body.

It looks for infection, swelling (inflammation), infection, or cancer in the body. It uses a radioactive material called gallium, but although gallium is radioactive, the risk of radiation exposure from this procedure is lower than from an X-ray or CT scan.


MIBG ScanAn MIBG scan is a nuclear imaging test that uses the radiopharmaceutical metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) to help locate and diagnose certain types of cancer in the body.

MIBG is a substance that gathers in some tumors, particularly pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma, which are tumours of specific types of nervous tissue.




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

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