Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy in Childhood Cancer


Symptom 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.

Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (Peripheral Nervous System), are damaged. Peripheral nerves carry information back and forth between your brain and spinal cord, called the Central Nervous System (CNS), and the rest of the body.

Peripheral Neuropathies can be classified according to the type of nerve predominantly involved, or by the underlying cause.

Depending on which nerves are affected, you may notice a change in sensation, especially in your child’s hands and feet, such as numbness, tingling, or pain. Your child may also experience muscle weakness (myopathy); and changes in organ function, resulting in constipation or dizziness.

Peripheral Neuropathy can occur in relation to diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, or thyroid disorder; nutritional deficiencies, such as a deficiency in vitamin B12; or inherited conditions, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a relatively common side effect of cancer, and although anyone with a cancer diagnosis is at risk for Peripheral Neuropathy, certain factors can increase the risk.

The treatment used for Peripheral Neuropathy will depend on the cause and associated symptoms. While many individuals do recover fully from the disorder over time, the condition is sometimes more difficult to treat and may require long-term management. Many treatment strategies for peripheral neuropathy are symptomatic.

 

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