Coping with Nervous System Side Effects in Childhood Cancer
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
Posted on 29 June, 2016, in Blog and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Nervous System Side Effects, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.