Coping with Diarrhoea in Childhood Cancer


DiarrhoeaSymptom 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.

Diarrhoea is frequent, loose, or watery bowel movements, and something that virtually every one of us has experienced or will experience at some or other time. Diarrhoea can be a symptom of infection, food poisoning, colitis, a gastrointestinal tumour, or as a result of cancer treatment.

Diarrhoea may be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy to the pelvis, the cancer itself, or by conditions unrelated to the cancer. The causes and treatments of your child’s diarrhoea could be varied, and it is important that you speak to their oncologist as soon as possible.

Preventing Diarrhoea or treating it early can help your child avoid dehydration or other problems. It is best to discuss your child’s symptoms with their health care team, as the correct solution to the problem depends greatly on the cause.

Speak to your child’s oncology team about giving them anti-diarrhoeal medications – Imodium is often used to treat Diarrhoea caused by some types of chemotherapy.

 

Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Diarrhoea on our static page, Diarrhoea in Childhood Cancer

 

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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

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