The pandemic lifestyle we are all adjusting to is the life families of children with cancer have already been living. But there have been positives, too.
New procedures are enabling men and women to preserve their fertility until they are ready or able to have children.
For women and men not ready to have children, there are new ways to preserve fertility. And experimental techniques offer hope for sick children whose treatments jeopardize future childbearing.
Instructor Sensei Giuseppe of Kids Kicking Cancer Italy, teaching a young cancer patient in Bergamo, Italy, on June 6, 2018.
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Children with cancer often experience terrible pain. Adults who treat them are determined to lessen their suffering. Can the lessons from helping kids with cancer pain inform treatment for adults in pain?
Cancer care for adults could be improved if caregivers provided the empathy they provide to children, the authors suggest.
Pediatric cancer is one of the cruelest of diseases, and caregivers develop special skills to help their patients. Research shows that caregivers for adults could learn some things from them.
All brain tumours are associated with significant sickness and death, even if they are benign.
Why hasn’t there been an improvement in survival in the last 30 years for patients with brain cancers?
Survival rates for childhood brain cancer have not improved for decades.
Leukaemia used to be a death sentence. Now, the survival rate for the most common form in children is 85%. We can apply similar strategies to how we approach childhood brain cancer.
Palliative care specialists also need to pay attention to a sick child’s siblings.
While there are similarities in the general principles of palliative care provided to children and adults, there are also key differences.
Most common childhood cancers are leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma.
Most children who have cancer live in the developing world where their survival rate is less than 25%. In Kenya awareness about childhood cancer is low and treatment isn’t always readily available.
Therapies on a nano scale rely on engineered nanoparticles designed to package and deliver drugs to exactly where they’re needed.
Nanoparticles are a form of transport for drugs and can go places drugs wouldn’t be able to go on their own. They make drug delivery more targeted, reducing collateral damage to healthy tissues.
Better technologies should be adopted in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with childhood cancer.
Better technology to diagnose, treat and manage the disease early enough is needed to improve the survival rates of childhood cancer in sub Saharan Africa.
Childhood cancer desperately needs more research.
Children’s cancer is a rare disease, which means the market is small and pharmaceutical companies have few incentives to develop drugs for these cancers.
More young Australians face the daunting task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life while dealing with the after-effects of cancer.
If you’re an Australian teenager or young adult diagnosed with cancer, there’s good news: overall survival rates are good and getting better. But what can you expect from life after cancer treatment?
One in ten cancer patients can expect to face fertility issues after their treatment.
One in ten cancer patients will face fertility issues after treatment, but less than 50% are given options to preserve fertility. And those who are offered options can face significant cost barriers.
Needle match. tension in the court room can push parents away.
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Harsh tales of mothers and fathers thrust into the court system as they seek the best treatment for a sick child are a warning.
Death rates from childhood cancer in Australia have fallen sharply.
Childhood deaths from cancer have decreased by nearly 40% in the past 15 years in Australia. But some types of childhood cancer have shown little improvement.
Side effects of brain tumour treatment can impact upon academic learning.
Early intervention in neurocognition and communication can address communication and cognition difficulties in survivors of childhood brain cancer and increase their quality of life.