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Childhood Cancer ~ Part V (ii): Chemotherapy


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 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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Laser Therapy Opens New Possibilities for Treatment of Brain Cancer


glioblastomaGlioblastomas are the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer and one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Most patients diagnosed with this type of brain tumour survive just 15 months, according to the American Cancer Society. Glioblastomas are generally found in the cerebral hemispheres of the brain, but can be found anywhere in the brain or spinal cord.

Glioblastomas (GBM) are tumours that arise from astrocytes—the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumours are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.

Glioblastoma is the most common primary malignant brain tumor; however, glioblastoma in children is less common than in adults, and little is known about its clinical outcome in children. Most children diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytoma receive surgery and radiation, and in some cases chemotherapy.

There are many factors that affect that prognosis for a child with a glioma. The most important factor is the type of tumor. It is also very important if there were any tumor cells left after the tumor was removed. Some studies have shown that younger children have better prognosis than older children.

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Kuruman Hospital Introduces Patient Transport & Overnight Accommodation


kuruman hospFor some rural patients, hundreds of kilometres and long nights spent sleeping in the cold can stand between them and care for complicated illnesses like cancer and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB).

One Northern Cape hospital is making the journey a little easier.

The two new park homes are equipped with equipped with beds, showers and toilets

In many places, care for complicated illnesses such as cancer and even DR-TB remain centralised at provincial or specialist hospitals.

To reach these services, many rural patients must travel to their nearest local hospital to catch patient transport buses that will ferry them to the larger specialist or provincial hospitals farther afield for treatment.

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Childhood Cancer ~ A General Guide for Parents Part V (ii): Chemotherapy


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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 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 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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