Coping with Anaemia in Childhood Cancer


anemia-in-childrenSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

Anaemia means that there is an abnormally low level of red blood cells and occurs when the body is losing blood, is not making enough blood, or destroys red blood cells. Anaemia is very common in children with cancer, especially in those receiving chemotherapy treatments.

Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, an iron protein that gives red blood cells their characteristic colour; its primary function is to transport oxygen from the lungs to the body tissue all over the body.

When the level of red blood cells is too low, some parts of the body do not get sufficient oxygen and cannot work properly. Anaemia causes most people to feel tired or weak. The fatigue associated with anaemia can lower one’s quality of life and ability to cope with cancer and treatment side effects.

 

Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Anaemia on our static page, Anaemia

 

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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 24 May, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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