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The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders.
Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease.
The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body.
One of the important cells involved are white blood cells, also called leukocytes, which come in two basic types that combine to seek out and destroy disease-causing organisms or substances.
Leukocytes are produced or stored in many locations in the body, including the thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.
For this reason, they’re called the lymphoid organs. There are also clumps of lymphoid tissue throughout the body, primarily as lymph nodes, that house the leukocytes.
Some children who have been born without a limb or who have had a limb amputated feel pain in the non-existent body part. This is often called phantom pain. This pain is caused by damaged nerves from the amputated limb that continue to send signals to the brain. These signals are interpreted as pain.
While the pain the child experiences is not caused by an actual injury, the sensations are very real and can include burning or shooting pain, achiness or cramping, or pins-and-needles feelings.
The sensations of phantom pain are very real. Following an amputation, there are still nerves present in the remaining portion of the limb and these nerves send pain signals to the brain and tell the brain that the limb is still present.
Phantom limb pain is a well-recognised pain syndrome which can resolve on its own with time, but because pain can interfere with your child’s quality of life and decrease physical function, there are various treatments available.
Hearing the doctor say the words “your child has cancer” will never be easy to hear.
Parents go through several stages throughout this process much like the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
However, unlike losing a loved one suddenly, cancer can go on for several years with many highs and lows.
This results in stages varying in timing, duration, and cycles.
By acknowledging and understanding the possible stages you can better progress through the phases parents’ may go through.
Ensuring that your Child with Cancer gets sufficient nutrition, which is necessary to improve their immune system so that they can fight the cancer, is not always easy, especially when you are a single parent, are dealing with the side-effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or have other children to look after as well.
The following quick meal and snack suggestions can really be of big help if your Child with Cancer is missing meals while having treatment or waiting for appointments.
Some of these meals/snacks may not seem like the most healthy of choices, but if your Child with Cancer has a poor appetite, it is important to focus on high-protein and high-energy foods and fluids.
Christmas is not a happy time for everyone – there are many individuals for whom the Festive Season is very painful as it is the time that they miss those who are gone the most.
For parents who have lost a child, whether to cancer or anything else, this is a really, really, difficult time of the year because Christmas is about the children, after all…
Today we would like to take a moment to send out some love to all parents who have lost a child/children.
While the first Christmas is particularly poignant, each Christmas without your child will bring its own challenges, and each parent has to grieve in his or her own way.
There is not much that anyone can say that will take away your pain, but we here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust would just like to let you know that we are holding you close in our hearts today and are sending you as much Love & Peace as your heart can hold.
✫ Sending you Angel Blessings ✫
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…./ /… ✫ Sprinkling Love, Light & Healing ✫
….\/ …. ✫ Peace, Love & Harmony Your Way ✫
Chemotherapy is the use of specific drugs, administered by a paediatric oncologist, to destroy cancer cells by preventing the cancer cells from growing and dividing to make more new cells. Cancer cells generally grow and divide much faster than healthy cells; chemotherapy destroys them more quickly than it destroys most healthy cells.
Chemotherapy drugs are very powerful and they cause damage to many growing cells, including some healthy cells. This damage causes the side effects of chemotherapy, which can include Nausea and Vomiting; Diarrhoea; Constipation; Heartburn or Stomach Ache; Sore Mouth or Throat/Mouth Sores; Change in Taste – Foods Have Less Taste or a Bitter Metallic Taste; Hair Loss; Skin Redness; Dry, Itching Skin; Moist Skin; Rashes; Sun Sensitivity; Swelling, Redness, or Pain at The Needle Site Where Chemotherapy Drugs are Given; Bladder Irritation and Infection; Change in Urine Colour & Strong Urine Odour; Nerve Damage; Stress Fractures; Fever; Flu-Like Symptoms; Infection; Anaemia/Fatigue; Blood Clotting Problems (Bleeding); Swelling/Fluid Retention; and Allergic Reaction.
A Child with Cancer has a severely compromised immune system, both from the cancer itself as well as from the cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, and are therefore very susceptible to infections.
While it is important for Children with Cancer to eat the correct, nutritious foodstuffs, they often have problems eating due to various side-effects of cancer treatments, so any additional method of aiding in boosting their immune systems or creating a toxin-free atmosphere at their homes should be welcomed.
An easy way to ensure that the home in which a Child with Cancer lives is as free as possible from toxins is to fill your home with ordinary plants that are capable of purifying the indoor air in your home.
Our diets can both feed or starve cancer cells productivity by affecting multiple mechanisms which promote cancer. Cancer cells rely on the ability to multiply, repair, differentiate and evade apoptosis (programmed cell death). The recent discovery of cancer stem cells has scientists looking at a whole new approach to preventing and treating cancer.
Cancer stem cells have a pro-survival strategy involved in promoting cancer cell invasion, growth and metastasis.
These cancer stem cells are unlike typical stem cells because they are designed to promote cancerous activities including: the ability to self-renew; resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs; self-sufficient; not influenced by anti-growth signals or by contact with other stem cells; not regulated by normal cell functions including apoptosis; promote inflammation; regulated by tissue invasion and metastasis; sustained by angiogenesis and flawed cellular energy.
Fortunately, cancer stem cells are affected by phytochemicals or the nutrients in our diets. These nutrients are designed to prevent and treat the pro-survival cancerous properties which equip a cancer stem cell to function.
While the first emotions that parents will feel when their child has completed their cancer treatment are tremendous joy and relief, the event may also be a bit traumatic.
You may feel scared, as you and your child with cancer have suddenly come to the end of a journey of a couple of months or years, during which time you had the support of the hospital/clinic and a oncological team… now you are suddenly on your own…
This is completely normal as while one has to continue the fight, continue to be strong, doing what must be done, adrenaline takes over and keeps you going – once the fight is over the adrenaline subsides and fear and uncertainty can creep in.
Some parents have described this time as feeling like veterans who have just returned from war – exhausted and unsure of how to go forward…
For this reason, it is important that you think about the end of treatment before the day actually comes, so that you do not feel lost and all out at sea when it does.
While there has been much improvement in long-term survival rates for childhood cancer patients – more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer are alive at least 5 years after diagnosis – there are many challenges for the survivors.
Many will ultimately be considered cured. As a consequence, interest is growing in the long-term health of these survivors.
Among the long-term survivors are women facing gynaecological health issues from the late effects of their treatment.
The good news for females who have survived Childhood Cancer is that they are far more likely to be able to become pregnant than male survivors.
It is important that parents of Children with Cancer think about the possible late-effects of the cancer and keep records of all treatments, medications, set-backs and any other information they can just in case it is needed later in life.