Coping with Osteoporosis in Childhood Cancer


osteoporosisSymptom 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.

Osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. It develops
when more bone tissue is broken down by the body than can be replaced, resulting in bones becoming weak and fragile and more likely to fracture (break). These fractures may cause pain and disability that can interfere with your child’s daily life.

Osteoporosis is not only caused by cancer or cancer-related treatments; many individuals get osteoporosis as they grow older because as we age our bodies lose the ability to replace the cells needed to repair and rebuild bone tissue, and bones may become thin and more porous as a result.

Bone mass loss does not happen overnight, but it often goes unnoticed until a person experiences pain, loss of function, or a fracture. If your child experiences back pain, painful joints, or stiffness, tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. Warning signs of more serious bone problems are often mistaken for arthritis-like symptoms.

Depending on how low your child’s bone mineral density is compared to normal, the doctor may diagnose osteopenia (mild bone loss) or osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis and other bone complication treatments more often than not involve the use of bone-modifying drugs like bisphosphonates which slow the rate of bone thinning and may reduce new bone damage and promote bone healing. Bisphosphonates are also sometimes given to patients who experience bone pain related to the spread of cancer.

 

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