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Childhood Cancer ~ Part V (iii): Radiation Therapy


 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, it has been 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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Xuané… a Reason to Smile Part 5


xuane ...a Reason to Smile

 Xuané Niewenhuis
17 August 2006 – 24 October 2014
Forever ^8^

Xuané…

a Reason to Smile

By:

Theresa Botha Nieuwenhuis

2009 – 2013 (continued)

Xuané’s radiation began on the 8th March and because she was still so young we were always helped first. We met many women that were there for radiation for breast cancer, and the aunties immediately took to and befriended Xuané. We had to bribe her, like any other child, to work with us – a Wimpy breakfast and a walk in the mall thereafter did the trick! It was nearly Easter so the malls were festive and full of Easter eggs.

steps-external-radiation-therapyDuring the second week of her radiation treatments, another little girl came who would get radiation on a Monday and would get chemotherapy the rest of the week for abdominal cancer. She was just 6 years old, and my first thought was “so it’s not just my child who has cancer.”

Xuané was on a very high dose of cortisone which made her bloat terribly, and I had to buy her bigger clothes so that she could be comfortable. And so the weeks of radiation passed; I could already see how much better she was getting by the third week. She was running around and playing and giggling, and that sound was the most beautiful sound that I had ever heard. That little giggle of hers could get everyone laughing and she had a way of crinkling up her little nose when she laughed that was just too cute for words.

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Childhood Cancer ~ A General Guide for Parents Part V (iii): Radiation Therapy


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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 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

Read the rest of this entry

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