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Santa’s elves have been very busy at work collecting lovely toys and other fabulous goodies for our Little Fighters, including some healthy but scrumptious goodies for the snack-packs!
Unfortunately when we began this 2 weeks ago we did not know that the hospitals apparently need 4 weeks’ notice for any visit/event to take place – this effectively meant that we could not do our normal Christmas Elf Delivery at the Gauteng or KZN hospitals this year.
Also, apparently the children mostly go home the last week in November or the first week in December already to spend the holidays with their families.
We begged and pleaded with Red Cross and eventually got permission to do a small Christmas Elf Delivery on Thursday morning for around 50 Children with Cancer in the G1 Paediatric Oncology Ward and the Day Clinic. Some of the presents that have already been collected will be delivered, together with snack-packs and loads of love and hugs, to these children. (We will post photos later in the week).
Dr. Audrey Evans is a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years.
As the co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (1974), the first Ronald McDonald House in the world that led to the creation of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the co-founder of St. James School (2011), a faith-based middle school for under-resources youth, her efforts have impacted the lives of millions across the world.
Now at the advanced age of 92, her legacy was recently celebrated by the awe-inspiring new digital series, Modern Hero, which features groundbreaking women who are making a difference in their careers and in the world.
Dr Audrey Evans reduced mortality rates by 50% for neuroblastoma patients…she’s helped 7 million families in more than 63 countries across the globe….she’s giving under-resourced youth a chance at a better life…and at 92 she “still has the ability to do something for the benefit of humanity.”
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.
A Cancer diagnosis is something nobody ever wants to hear, and least of all a parent of a young child, but it happens all too often and that is only the start of a devastating journey of pain, fear, depression, self-doubt and emotional and psychological stress.
For someone with cancer (and for the parents and siblings of a Child with Cancer), it is often difficult to face the pain, to face others, to keep a smile on your face when all around you is crumbling and you don’t know what to do or where to turn, to always try to be strong…
The best thing you can do for them is to just be there with support… sometimes giving support is to give advice; sometimes it is to cook a meal or clean their home; sometimes it is to take them where they need to be; sometimes it is to just listen as they unburden themselves; sometimes it is to literally be a shoulder to cry on…
… and sometimes it is just being there… not saying a word… just sitting in comforting silence… just sending love and strength their way…
Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy which seeks to sharpen and strengthen the immune system’s inherent cancer-fighting powers.
CAR T-Cell Therapy was approved in August 2017 ~ the first time that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CAR T-cell therapy for a form of cancer ~ for the treatment of paediatric and young adult patients with B-cell ALL that has relapsed or hasn’t responded to previous treatments.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) is a type of leukaemia in which a group of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, are affected. Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children, and about 80% of children with leukaemia have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
CAR T-Cell Therapy involves treating patients with modified versions of their own immune system T cells – white blood cells that help protect the body from disease.
Lewis Silverman, MD, Clinical Director of the Hematologic Malignancy Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, said:
“It’s a very exciting development in our ability to treat childhood ALL. It offers hope to those that we haven’t been able to treat with conventional therapy. This is a hugely exciting time in childhood leukaemia research”
Today we put out a very urgent plea for help to make a wish come true for young Aleem, a 5-year-old boy with terminal cancer.
Little Fighter Aleem Bowman was born on 25 July 2012. When he was admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital on 15 September 2016, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.
Aleem went through RCCH High Risk Neuroblastoma Protocol until April 2017, which included tests, scans, blood work, regular transfusions, hospitalisation, intensive chemotherapy and other treatments, and loads more.
Mommy Kaneez, a single mother, has had to handle a lot, and unfortunately this became even worse when the doctors informed her recently that there are simply no more treatment options for Aleem. He was on maintenance chemo for a short while, which was given purely to extend the time he has with his family, but even the maintenance chemo has now been stopped, as it serves no purpose anymore, and could now be harmful.
Aleem lives with his mommy (who had to give up her job to look after Aleem) and his older sister Kami at Kaneez’s elderly Parents’ home. Things have been very difficult for this family and The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been offering whatever assistance we could such as food, clothing, bedding, and other practical needs since 7 October 2016.
Aleem was friends with another Little Fighter who lost his Fight last year, but who, before he died got his greatest wish and was able to visit Durban and have a very special interaction with the dolphins at Ushaka Marine World. Aleem saw the photographs, and has been talking about the dolphins for months!
Last week LFCT received a letter from Aleem’s Oncologist, positive about this travel and clearing him medically for the trip!
Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.
It’s a good way to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein – more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anaemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.
Dandelion root is tougher and hardier than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes. The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.
Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.
There’s something magical about making a wish while blowing dandelion petals through the air. Just one glance at a dandelion brings back childhood memories. And while some consider them pesky weeds, dandelion offers a treasure trove of healing benefits.
Dandelion greens are used in so many health applications today. Whether steamed, sautéed, used in soup, or boiled with water and brown sugar for tea, the greens of these weeds are considered an herbal medicine.
The extract (from dandelion root) is purported to work by inducing apoptosis in the cancer cells. To put this another way, this process forces the cancer cells to commit suicide without damaging the healthy cells in any way.
Dandelion Root is frequently used by herbalists to treat liver, kidney, and gallbladder problems. Dandelion Root has been used in China for certain kinds of cancers for centuries. Dandelion is a source of a variety of nutrients and the leaves and root contain Vitamins (A,C, K and B-vitamins) as well as minerals (including magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline).
In an effort to improve outcomes for patients with some of the deadliest Childhood Cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have created the world’s largest collection of Childhood solid tumour samples, drug-sensitivity data and related information and have made the resource available at no charge to the global scientific community.
St. Jude and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute collaborated to create the resource, known as the Childhood Solid Tumour Network (CSTN), which was launched in 2013.
“Survival rates for children with recurrent solid tumours have not improved significantly in more than 20 years and remain below 30 %,” said corresponding author Michael Dyer, Ph.D., Chair of the St. Jude Department of Developmental Neurobiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “This research will change that by promoting scientific collaboration to leverage the efforts of researchers worldwide to advance understanding and ultimately treatment of Childhood solid tumours.”
There are hundreds of ways to heal cancer and enzyme therapy is seen to be a very effective treatment.
The idea of healing cancer with enzymes was first discovered by Dr John Beard, an embryologist who spent 20 years researching cancer.
He found that pancreatic enzymes were not present in the blood of cancer patients. Although his first article was published in 1902, his theory about cancer still holds up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.
Dr John Beard proposed in 1906 that pancreatic proteolytic digestive enzymes represent the body’s main defence against cancer, and that enzyme therapy would be useful as a treatment for all types of cancer.
During the first two decades of the twentieth century, Dr Beard’s thesis attracted some attention in academic circles, and several case reports in the medical literature documented tumour regression and even remission in terminal cancer patients treated with proteolytic enzymes.
In 1911, Dr Beard published a monograph entitled The Enzyme Therapy of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis, which summarised his therapy and the supporting evidence.
After Dr Beard’s death in 1923, the enzyme therapy was largely forgotten. Periodically, other practitioners have rediscovered Dr Beard’s work, and used pancreatic proteolytic enzymes as an alternative cancer treatment.