What do you think about when you think about Childhood Cancer (if you think about it at all that is)?
As part of our September Childhood Cancer Awareness campaign, we will bring you as much information regarding Childhood Cancer as we can, and this includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Childhood Cancer is devastating, and it is robbing the world of its beautiful young souls all too often and all too soon…
In today’s post we want to bring you some visuals so that you can SEE what this devastating disease does to Children with Cancer and their families…
Every day the Little Fighters Cancer Trust deals with the pain, the emotional distress, the absolute terror, and the utter helplessness of those families who have been told that their child has cancer.
Every day we try our best to help those families; helping them with transport to and from the hospital or clinic, prepaid electricity, accommodation, cellphone airtime so that they can stay in touch with their family/doctors/clinics etc. or food parcels so that they can eat, plus much more…
In Part 1 of this series we explained that this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better.
Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with childhood cancer!
These articles are meant to help you be the key part of your child’s treatment that you will need to be.
Take what works for you according to your situation and your child’s temperament, personality, fears, strengths, and how they deal with adversity, and leave what does not pertain to your situation.
Part 2 will deal with what happens when your child is diagnosed with cancer, what tests the doctors may conduct, what you should ask the doctor and the rest of the team dealing with your child’s treatment, etcetera.
Good Morning Little Fighter Community!
Today we would like to present you with a lovely musical piece written and sung by a young man called Dominic Camany.
This was the message Dominic posted when he released Hold On in 2011:
I have decided to spend the next year donating the proceeds of my music (CD, iTunes, and Merchandise sales, as well as Performance fees) to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. As we all know Cancer is an overwhelming disease that will affect every person’s life in one way or another and we are hoping to not only help raise money for the cause but also raise awareness in our society. My own mother has battled cancer, as well as a few family members and close friends. Unfortunately, even some of those family members and friends have lost the battle and left us to fight in their memory.
Thank you, Dominic.
Unfortunately children are not immune from cancer. It is always a tragedy when a child is struck by cancer, and most times the parents are totally unprepared for what dealing with their child’s illness will entail.
The information contained in this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better. Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with childhood cancer!
These articles are meant to help you be the key part of your child’s treatment that you will need to be. Take what works for you according to your situation and your child’s temperament, personality, fears, strengths, and how they deal with adversity, and leave what does not pertain to your situation.
More children are surviving childhood cancer as more research is done and more effective treatments and drugs are being discovered. Survival into adulthood has increased a lot in the past 30 years. Along with better drugs and treatment there are also better meds to deal with the side-effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Many individuals who had cancer as a child are now living cancer-free, quality lives as adults.
The month of July is designated International Sarcoma Awareness Month.
Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.
They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside.
There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone sarcoma and gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST). There are around 100 different sub-types of sarcoma
Sarcomas make up 15% of all childhood cancers (0-14 years) and 11% of all cancer diagnoses in teenagers and young people (15-24 years).
Researchers at Uppsala University have used computer modelling to study how brain tumours arise.
The study, which was published recently in the journal EBioMedicine, illustrated how researchers in the future will be able to use large-scale data to find new disease mechanisms and identify new treatment targets.
The last ten years’ progress in molecular biology has drastically changed how cancer researchers work. Instead of almost exclusively using different biological models, like cells, today large-scale statistical analyses are increasingly used to understand tumour diseases and find new therapies.
As we close off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Little Fighters Cancer Trust would like to remind everyone that Childhood Cancer does not happen only in September; young children are diagnosed with cancer every single day.
Every day there are millions of Little Fighters across the globe caught up in the fight of their lives; in the fight FOR their lives.
Every day, hundreds of parents hear the devastating news that their child has cancer, and every day parents and siblings of Children with Cancer fight the good fight too – when a child has cancer, the whole family is affected.
Please remember that Children with Cancer and their Families need help throughout the year, which we try our best to give, but we cannot do it without YOUR help.
Children with Cancer and their Families need encouragement, hope, and love, but they also need more practical help such as food, clothing, bedding, special dietary products, personal hygiene products, financial help to pay some bills, rent, traveling expenses, accommodation and more.
You can find a full list of what we need in order to help our Little Fighters and their Families on Our Wishlist Page.
With this thought in mind we would like to share a video entitled No One Fights Alone with you today, because where we can help it, No One Fights Alone!
Targeted cancer therapies are an important area of precision medicine – where information about an individual patient’s genes and proteins are used to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease – which is why they are currently the focus of much research and development into new anti-cancer treatments.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom recently published a paper in the journal Nature Genetics, could wherein they state that their findings also have implications for cancer diagnostics and the development of new targeted treatments.
A main difference between targeted cancer therapy and standard chemotherapy (chemo) is that most chemo treatments act on all rapidly dividing cells – cancerous and healthy alike. The aim of targeted therapy is to single out only the cancer cells, without affecting healthy cells.
In order to single out cancer cells as a basis for treatment, researchers have to find features that are either unique to or more common in cancer cells than healthy cells, such as particular molecular pathways or genetic characteristics.
September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month therefore we at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have been and still are doing triple time to spread as much information as we can about Childhood Cancer Awareness and the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer.
Too many children in developing countries, including South Africa, are still dying from Childhood Cancer – most of them due to the fact that knowledge about Childhood Cancer is scarce therefore many children are either not correctly diagnosed or are diagnosed too late for effective treatment.
The more aware people are of Childhood Cancer and its Early Warning Signs, the more early diagnoses there will be, ergo the higher South Africa’s Childhood Cancer survival rates will be.
Today we are also raising awareness of another kind as regards Childhood Cancer, though, via a guest-post, and that is awareness around the importance of getting a second opinion.
We have edited this guest-post slightly in order for it to be more relevant to South African/African individuals….
The Best Defence against Childhood Cancer is Awareness and Early Diagnosis
September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
While there are more and more cases of Childhood Cancer every year, there have also been many advances in treating Childhood Cancer and the recovery rates have gone up much in the past few decades.
The progress in treating some cancers has been greater than in others.
Any hope of successful treatment and long-term survival depends on early diagnosis, and that is why Childhood Cancer Awareness is so important – the more aware people are of Childhood Cancer and the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer, the more chance there is of early diagnosis and therefore more of a chance of survival.