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Coping with Bleeding Problems in Childhood Cancer

Bleeding ProblemsSymptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.

A bleeding disorder occurs when the blood does not clot quickly enough, resulting in too much bleeding or bleeding that lasts a long time. Normal blood clotting (coagulation) is a complex process in which specialised blood cells (platelets) and different proteins in the blood (clotting or coagulation factors) clump together to heal broken blood vessels and control bleeding.

There is a delicate balance of coagulation factors that promote bleeding and those that promote clotting. Disorders of the blood clotting system occur when clotting factors are missing or damaged, when there is a low number of platelets, or when the platelets don’t work correctly. Learn more about clotting problems.

A physical examination and several blood tests, including a complete blood count (CBC), prothrombin time (PT or INR), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), platelet count, tests to check the speed of blood clotting, and tests to check for blood protein deficiencies will be carried out on your child by the doctor to diagnose a bleeding disorder.


Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Bleeding Disorders on our static page, Bleeding Problems


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