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Increased Risk of Breast Cancer for Female Child Cancer Survivors?


Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have evidence that common genetic variations can help to identify paediatric cancer survivors who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer while relatively young. The findings were published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

The research focused on the combined effect of 170 common genetic variations that individually confer a modest increased risk of breast cancer, and showed for the first time that, together, they can leave female paediatric cancer survivors at as much as double the increased risk of breast cancer compared to average survivors. The risk is greatest for survivors younger than 45.

Female survivors of childhood cancer have among the highest rates of breast cancer of any group,” said lead author Zhaoming Wang, Ph.D., an associate member of the St. Jude Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Computational Biology. That risk has mainly been attributed to the late effects of pediatric cancer treatment, particularly chest irradiation, certain chemotherapy exposures, or the presence of rare mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes.

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Kids Kicking Cancer – Power Peace Purpose


Last week I was privileged to have been invited to the official South African Launch of a program for children with cancer called Kids Kicking Cancer!

Kids Kicking Cancer is an initiative that was started in America in 1999 by
Founding Director, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Rabbi G), and began providing classes in several public hospitals in South Africa earlier this year.

Last Tuesday was the Official Johannesburg launch and Wednesday was the Official Cape Town launch, which I was privileged to attend, and hear firsthand about what the program offers as well as meet Rabbi G, Professor Alan Davidson, Head of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital,  Chairperson Dr Richard Friedland, and other Board Members; the two wonderful people working with our little fighters, Ilze van der Merwe in Cape Town and Moses Sebopa in Johannesburg, and of course, our Little Heroes from Cape Town; Hayden, Monalisa and Ferdi.

We think this is a FANTASTIC program that will benefit our Little Fighters greatly,  and we encourage all parents of Children with Cancer to get their little fighters registered on the program.

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Why do Some Children Develop Brain Tumours?


Any time a child is diagnosed with a brain tumour or, truth be told, any type of cancer, the most obvious question many parents ask is “Why? What caused my child to develop a brain tumour?”

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question.

Scientists now believe that the vast majority of brain tumours in children are the result of random gene mutations but have no satisfying answer as to why a particular gene mutation occurred or why it led to the growth of a brain tumour.

Whether benign or malignant, a tumour grows when certain cells grow, divide, and replicate more quickly than normal cells and/or they do not die when they are aged or damaged. These abnormal cells then begin to build up in the brain, forming clumps or a mass, and eventually growing large enough to press on or cause damage to the healthy brain tissue.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Boost your Immune System with these Herb Recipes


Good Afternoon, Peeps!

Today’s recipes are all about the cancer-fighting herbs that you are hopefully by now growing in your windowsill as per our posts, Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden and How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet.

Ensuring that your Child with Cancer (and the rest of your family) eat well and get the right amount of nutrients to help their immune system grow strong enough to fight this devastating disease is important.

Knowing how and where to get those important nutritious ingredients, as well as how to use them to best effect, is also important – these recipes will do that!

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Help your Child with Cancer Cope with Play


4a4ed6298c29c3b7453ad401e50f963dTake a minute and ask yourself “How do I cope with really bad news or tough times?”

As adults, we might talk to our friends, go on a shopping spree, eat more than we should or even run away from it completely.

But children are different…

Where children are very lucky is that they are young and innocent and still firmly believe in the magic of fairy-tales and make-believe worlds, which is why it is so important that children are kept busy with fun games and activities.

These games and activities should be age-appropriate and can include playing with play-dough (to which you can add scented herbs or oils), playing hide-and-seek or turning the oncology ward into Hogwarts or a Princess’s castle….

 

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Great Recipes


Nutritional intervention for children with cancer is challenging, especially for those who do not have the means to employ the use of a qualified nutritionist, but there are many things that one can do at home to ensure that your child with cancer is getting adequate nutrition.

Children with cancer need protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. Your child’s cancer itself as well as the treatment s they undergo will often cause changes in their eating habits or desire to eat.

Not eating can lead to weight loss, and can cause weakness and fatigue. Helping your child eat as well as they can is an important part of helping them through their treatment and increasing their chances of survival.

When your Little Fighter craves comfort-food, have childhood favourites “real-foodified” at the ready and in your freezer. When they have no appetite, make sure you have nutrient-dense soups and smoothies for them to sip all day. Even a Peanut Butter Sandwich with jam or honey is very beneficial.

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Childhood Cancer Facts


There is a dire need for more awareness surrounding Childhood Cancer!

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust advocates CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS by distributing early warning signs of childhood cancer pamphlet and A1 laminated posters; via our September Awareness Campaign, various other campaigns, and by offering informative presentations

Childhood Cancer is a collection of diseases. It is the leading cause of death in children under 18.

There is a VAST difference between Adult and Childhood Cancer – Children are still subject to growth spurts within a short period of time; this may result in the cancer spreading faster and more aggressively.

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The Ugly Truth of Childhood Cancer


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…

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Help Needed for Little Fighter Kenzo🤴


Hi Folks – our Little Fighter Kenzo and his family really need your help!

As those of you who follow our Facebook Page know, Kenzo has been in and out of hospital again over the past few months due to a relapse, and he was recently rushed back to hospital after a particularly bad reaction to the chemotherapy he was receiving.

Due to his allergic reaction to the chemo he was receiving, an alternate chemo needed to be sourced, and yesterday his mother contacted me in tears – the replacement chemo is going to cost R61 605-50 for FIVE vials, of which Discovery Health will only pay 50%!!

PLEASE do whatever you can to help his parents defray these costs  (see link further down), which are only a portion of what Kenzo’s treatment is costing them – NO ONCO PARENT should go through this over and above dealing with their child being deathly ill with the bastard cancer!!

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Celebrating the Life of Gracie Rae Philbin ^Forever 5^


Gracie Rae Philbin is a name that is well-known not only to those of us at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, to Paedspal, to her family, to her fellow schoolmates – it is a name that is known across the Globe, and it is a name that will always inspire those of us who knew or just knew of the wonderful young lady to whom that name belonged…

Gracie was a beautiful young girl of around three-and-a-half years of age with the most piercing blue eyes, long blonde hair and mischievous smile when she suddenly became ill and after two fruitless visits the family doctor, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, which is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue, at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Unbeknownst to this family, this diagnosis was about to change all of their lives drastically…

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