Childhood Brain Cancer

The human brain is the “cockpit” or “command center” for the central nervous system; it is also, despite its critical role in every aspect of human life, one of the most delicate organs in the human body. Any abnormal growth or tumour in the brain, whether cancerous or non-cancerous, can cause serious damage to healthy brain tissue and impact the body’s ability to function normally rather significantly.

Treating a brain tumour/brain cancer therefore means taking the following into consideration:

  • How to best remove or eliminate the tumour ;
  • How to relieve symptoms caused by the tumour ;
  • How to minimise damage to the healthy tissue of the brain

As with all types of childhood cancer, each child’s treatment plan will be unique, based on his or her specific type of cancer; for brain tumours, the treatment plan will depend specifically on the type of tumour, the size and location of the tumour, the grade of the tumour, and the impact of the tumour on healthy brain tissue. In general, however, treatment for brain tumours in children generally involves three types of treatment:

Whenever possible, the first line of treatment will be surgery – the goal being to remove all, or at least most of, the tumour. Radiation and/or chemotherapy may follow surgery in order to eliminate any remaining tumour cells that could not be removed during the surgery and/or to prevent the tumour from re-growing if possible.


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About LFCT

CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit Childhood Cancer support 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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