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Childhood Cancer ~ Part V (iv): Immunotherapy


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 5 will deal with Different Types of Treatment and Possible Side-Effects of that treatment. As this is quite a long section, I will split it into 5(i) Surgery 5(ii) Chemotherapy 5(iii) Radiation Therapy 5(iv) Immunotherapy and 5(v) Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplants.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine treatment (CAM) is very involved and will contain a lot of information, so that will be dealt with separately in Part 6 of this series of articles.

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Childhood Cancer ~ Part IV: Questions Your Child May Ask


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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 4 will deal with Questions Your Child May Ask when they are diagnosed with cancer, regarding how they got cancer, what tests the doctors may conduct, and what treatment they may have to undergo.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Get WRAPPED Blanket Drive


So, it is Wishlist Wednesday again and we are continuing with our wish for  a massive donation of warm snuggly blankets for our Children with Cancer for our annual Get WRAPPED Project which in now in its 5th year!

Winter is HERE, people, and the nights are freezing – soon the days will be freezing cold too, what with the storm and snow season starting, so we need to get these blankies out to our Little Fighters as soon as possible.

Please help us to reach our target of 2 500 blankets this year – there will be many grateful smiles to say thank you, we promise!

There are many stores who currently have blanket specials on, especially for Polar Fleece blankets for as little as around R45, so when next you pop into Pick n Pay, Pep Stores, Game, etc. please pick up a blankie or two for our Little Fighters and their hospital bedside carer.

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Does Cancer Have a Sweet Tooth?


There’s a lot of confusing information and advice out there around sugar; it has been made out to be the villain of our diet, but does sugar cause cancer?

Does sugar feed cancer cells and make them grow more aggressively? How does the sugar we consume via our food and drink affect our health? Should cancer patients eliminate all sugar from their diet?

As a culture, we are very addicted to sugar, and marketing companies know that children especially love sweet things and aim their advertising at children in such a way that they are forever eating and drinking snacks loaded with sugar. Retail stores play into this by placing sweets, chocolates and sugary drinks at the till-points and at lower levels where children can see or get to them.

This article seeks to explain what sugar actually is, why the amount of sugar in our diets is cause for concern, and why a high-sugar diet can be bad news when it comes to cancer risk, although not for the reasons that one often sees in the headlines.

 

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Cancer Not Recognised as a Priority Disease in South Africa


It is  crying shame to see what has happened to the once proud, functional and world-renowned South African Health Department.

South Africa used to have some of the best hospitals, doctors and nurses in the world and they were sought after by many overseas countries, but alas that is no more…

Twenty years ago on the 24th of this month a wonderful medical team at Groote Schuur Hospital saved my life (Stage IV Urethral Carcinoma) – virtually all of them are now either retired or practicing overseas due to the sad condition of and lack of support from the South African Department of Health 😦

It has become the norm to see articles about bad medical practices, hospitals and clinics running out of chronic medication, broken equipment, patients being left to lie in their own excrement, patients not being attended to and patients dying needlessly, etc. etc. and it makes me wanna bawl my eyes out…

While the following article is essentially about the state of the Ailing Kwazulu-Natal Health System, one has only to watch the news or read a newspaper to know that things are not much better at other State Hospitals around the country 😦

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has a lot of explaining to do…

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Wishlist Wednesday: Get WRAPPED Blanket Drive


We have decided to resurrect Wishlist Wednesday, and today we are wishing for a massive donation of warm snuggly blankets for our Children with Cancer for our annual Get WRAPPED Project which in now in its 5th year!

No child should have to go without decent bedding and a nice soft warm blanket to keep them warm in the cold winter months, let alone a child Fighting Cancer with all their might. Children undergoing chemotherapy treatment also get very cold during the treatment and it is terrible to see them shivering and shaking from cold.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust asks for donations of new, preferably soft (for the children’s sensitive skins due to some of the treatment regimens) single bed blankets to keep our Little Fighters warm.

Only new blankets are accepted due to the compromised immune systems of our Little Fighters.

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Remedies for Diarrhoea after Cancer Therapy


Conventional Cancer Treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy unfortunately generally come with a variety of not-so-nice side effects, such as diarrhoea, one of the more dangerous side effects.

Diarrhoea can not only be painful, but it also removes important nutrients, probiotics, and water from the body. As a result, diarrhoea puts one at a higher risk for more trauma from infection and dehydration.

It is important to manage these side effects immediately to prevent further complications that will weaken your body. The best way to heal is to ensure that you eat only healthy foods and avoid problematic foods that are going to worsen your diarrhoea.

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Surviving Childhood Cancer


survivor_ribbon_wingsSeptember 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.

 

The Best Defence against Childhood Cancer is Awareness and Early Diagnosis

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Jin Shin Jyutsu as a Complementary Therapy


Jin Shin Jyutsu Jin Shin Jyutsu is the Art of releasing tensions which are the causes for various symptoms in the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art as opposed to a technique because a technique is a mechanical application, whereas an art is a skilful creation.

Our bodies contain several energy pathways that feed life into all of our cells. When one or more of these paths become blocked, this damming effect may lead to discomfort or even pain. This blockage or stagnation will not only disrupt the local area but will continue and eventually disharmonise the complete path or paths of the energy flow.

Jin Shin Jyutsu literally translated is:

JYUTSUArt
SHIN –
Creator
JIN Man of Knowing and Compassion
(Art of the Creator through Man of Knowing and Compassion)

Through Jin Shin Jyutsu, our awareness is awakened to the simple fact that we are endowed with the ability to harmonise and balance ourselves (in rhythm with the universe) physically, mentally and spiritually. Read the rest of this entry

The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest – The True History of Chemo & The Pharmaceutical Monopoly


28 Doctors, 11 Scientists, 9 Survivors And 1 “FDA Dragon Slaying” Attorney Break Their ‘Code Of Silence’ And Expose The TRUTH About Cancer And Exactly How To Prevent,Treat And Beat it 100% Naturally

 

 

Disclaimer

Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use.

LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.

Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.

 

 

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