Coping with Nervous System Side Effects in Childhood Cancer


nerveSymptom 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.

Nervous system side effects from cancer and cancer treatments are very common.

Nervous system side effects can occur as a result of the cancer itself, the cancer treatments, other medications, or other disorders. Symptoms could lead to a cancer diagnosis, appear soon after treatment, or may even only appear several years after treatment.

Nervous system side effects can make it difficult for individuals to complete their usual daily activities, even for children at play.

The nervous system is made up of two parts:

  • The Central Nervous System (CNS) which consists of the brain and spinal cord; and
  • The Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), which are the nerves outside of the CNS that convey information back and forth between the body and the brain and control movement, the senses (touch, hearing, sight, taste, and smell) and the functioning of the internal organs (stomach, lungs, and heart).

Some of the symptoms caused by cancer treatment will disappear once treatment ends, but some may be ongoing. Although nerve damage and nervous system side effects may not be preventable, most are manageable if found early enough.

Once diagnosed, treatment or management of nervous system side effects will depend on the type of problem and the cause. There are several ways in which to treat or manage nervous system problems.

It is critical to your child’s well-being and future that you report any nervous system side effects to their doctor or healthcare team as soon as you notice them so that treatment can begin as soon as possible, as well as to prevent the symptoms from worsening.

 

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