Coping with Urinary Incontinence in Childhood Cancer


Urinary Incontinence in ChildhoodSymptom 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.

Some cancers and cancer treatments may result in incontinence (the inability to control urination), which could be really embarrassing for your child, especially if it happens at school or in front of their friends.

Urine forms in the kidneys then flows into the bladder (a hollow, balloon-like organ) from where it then flows down a tube called the urethra and out of the body. Sphincter muscles (which act like a valve that holds urine in or releases it) work in tandem with nerves that carry signals between them and the bladder to control urination.

Some types of cancer and some cancer treatments can damage or change these nerves and muscles; they may also cause other changes to the body that lead to incontinence.

If your child is having bladder-control problems, their healthcare team will work with you and your child to find out why.

Incontinence is often treatable. How it is treated depends on what caused it, the type, how long it has occurred, and severity. A combination of treatments is often used.

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

Posted on 8 August, 2016, in Advice & Tips, Blog, Parents. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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