Coping with Bleeding Problems in Childhood Cancer


Bleeding ProblemsSymptom 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.

A bleeding disorder occurs when the blood does not clot quickly enough, resulting in too much bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time. Normal blood clotting (coagulation) is a complex process in which specialised blood cells (platelets) and different proteins in the blood (clotting or coagulation factors) clump together to heal broken blood vessels and control bleeding.

There is a delicate balance of coagulation factors that promote bleeding and those that promote clotting. Disorders of the blood clotting system occur when clotting factors are missing or damaged, when there is a low number of platelets, or when the platelets don’t work correctly. Learn more about clotting problems.

A physical examination and several blood tests, including a complete blood count (CBC), prothrombin time (PT or INR), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), platelet count, tests to check the speed of blood clotting, and tests to check for blood protein deficiencies will be carried out on your child by the doctor to diagnose a bleeding disorder.

 

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

 

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

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