What are the Cancer Treatments for Children?

Hello, this article is about creating awareness about cancer in children. I want to describe in a nutshell what the treatment options are for children so that we can better understand what that they’re going through.

There are three main courses of treatment: chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. Doctors will usually use two of them. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are the most popular ones, the surgery option they use for tumors as opposed to a blood cancer, which is fluid obviously. For lymph cancer they’ll use radiotherapy for that too.

Radiotherapy comes in three sections with two week breaks in between, so you have six weeks of radio and two weeks break for your body to get over it and then another six weeks and a two week break and then another six weeks  and that can go on for a couple of years if the cancer doesn’t completely go away and the children have to come back for that. Children are usually day patients for this treatment so they don’t need to stay in a hospital for this treatment. They go down every day for that treatment and then come back.  As treatment progresses children will usually get really tired and just want to sit around and watch DVDs or just be very lethargic.

Chemotherapy is a very similar sort of regime. This involves medication you take three times a day at the hospital. The medication is attempted to be given during the day so the child can come home at night and it involves having a tube put into your arm, which makes it easy to administer. Just like with Radiotherapy children start off alright and then they gradually get more more tired and very nauseous and they lose their hair. This treatment can go on for 2.5 years.

Surgery is obviously when they actually try to remove the tumor completely. When they do a surgical removal that will usually do a bit of chemo and a bit of radio. They try chemo or radio first because it’s seen as less invasive.

Children are incredibly good at responding to the moment. It’s much harder for teenagers to endure treatment or even worse for young people 21 to 25 year old. Teenagers get upset and want to know why is this happening and why is it happening to me. A child will say that hurts and scream their lungs out but then be fine five minutes later when the pain is gone. So that’s the good thing with little ones.

Thank you for reading and hopefully you have a much better understanding of the treatments that children go through to cure them of cancer. I think this enables us to be more supportive of our friends or family that are dealing with this right now. This biggest thing is to let them know that you’re there for them and to help our wherever you can but also give them their space. Please let me know your thoughts and I’ll have another article for you soon.

A Unique Perspective on Cancer Fundraisers and How They Can Be Improved

I’m here to talk about the other side of fundraising for cancer awareness. Of course raising money for cancer research is a good idea, but is it being done the right way? We’ve been doing that for almost 50 years now and we don’t seem to be a whole lot closer.

It kind of reminds me of a story of a guy that was driving from Florida to California and he was driving in the general direction, but instead of going straight toward California he was actually heading the wrong way. While he was driving he realized he was going the wrong way so he got a faster car and started going faster and faster and faster and when that wasn’t working he got in a plane, but he still kept going the wrong way. California’s over here and he’s headed in the wrong direction so it doesn’t matter how much money we put toward something when you’re going in the wrong direction; they’re going in the wrong direction.

They’re trying to treat the symptom. They’re looking at the genetics and they have this theory that genes created the cancer. Do you know how many genes are inside a woman’s breast if you actually watch and look at it? There are thousands of genes with thousands of different markers on them that you couldn’t possibly get to every single one of those genes. The evidence shows that genes always respond to their environment, the nucleus responds to its environment. They’ve done studies where they take the nucleus out of a cancer cell. The nucleus is what is supposed to be causing the mutation of the cancer cell. They swap it with the nucleus of a healthy cell. The assumption is that the healthy cell will now turn cancerous. They were surprised when the cell didn’t turn cancerous. There are so many studies out there proving it’s not the nucleus it’s not the DNA, it’s actually the environment around it that allows it.

In the same study they took a normal healthy nucleus and they put it inside of a cancer cell so they put a normal nucleus into a cancer cell. Well if it’s genetics this should turn a normal cell, but the cytoplasm the environment was the same and what do you know, a normal healthy nucleus still turns into cancer. The whole theory behind the pink campaign is awareness and what that means is they want you to donate money toward chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, and genetics and giving people genetic drugs and finding that the causes and they think it’s all genetic. The genes respond to their environment, they’re still going after the wrong thing so they’re going the wrong way.

We hear a lot about the BRCA gene. The BRCA gene isn’t really considered as a cancer gene. What it does is it makes women more susceptible. We all have bad genes. The more bad genes we have the more susceptible we are. That means our environment is more likely to turn mine on than yours, so we know that if a woman as the BRCA gene, conventional advice says you need more mammograms, but we know that someone BRCA genes, doing more radiation, their body doesn’t allow them to slow down and they end up with cancer more often. So they’re getting the opposite of what they want. So if you have BRCA you need to figure out how you changed the environment.

You know we look at Angelina Jolie and I get it, in fear she’s got the BRCA gene, so she says I’m going to cut my breasts off. You don’t get cancer because you have breasts. I remember writing an article saying what’s next, is she going to cut out her uterus and ovaries because what’s the next organs that could get cancer. Why wouldn’t we instead, if we know that she has an increase chance of a hormone positive cancer why wouldn’t we balance out her hormones, measure out her hormones every three to six months. The best thing she could have done is balance out her hormones and make sure her liver can balance out her hormones and monitor that for the rest of her life instead of cutting off her breasts because you can cut off all your reproductive organs, but if your estrogen levels are still too high you still end up with cancer.

Thank You for Understanding Our Mission

God forbid one day you have a serious illness. Worst yet, God forbid one day your child gets a serious illness, or even cancer. Many families have already experienced this and it’s unimaginable the pain that they endure. It’s likely that in order to receive the best treatment that you’ll have to travel, sometimes across the state, other times across the country to give your child the best chance of hope and success.

Medical bills, housing, and travel expenses add up and most times it’s more than most families can afford. How do you make a choice with your child’s health? Would you really consider sending your child to a treatment center across the state or country and not be by their side? How will you afford these expenses and still manage your other daily expenses? It’s important to keep your family together in these situations.

At the Ronald McDonald House we want to give those parents and especially those kids a little comfort in a home environment while their child is receiving their life saving treatment. We want to make sure that a parent doesn’t have to compromise on the health of their child and where they live and what they eat during that treatment. That’s where the organization come in. These families are housed free of charge and free food is provided to the families during their child’s treatment. There are volunteers all over the country that continue to volunteer their time and talents and help us reach more kids every year.

Money is raised throughout the year by partnering with sports teams, running events (like, this Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser), and benefit concerts to raise money to support our cause. We are indebted to our volunteers who share their time and talents with us every day and continue to share their happiness with our guests in their time of need. While we have helped many families in the past the need is still greater than our resources. We want to help more families every year and continue to evaluate our methods to bring new ideas and involve more companies. No parent should have to compromise on their child’s care.

As a volunteer you can choose what types of activities fit you best. Our volunteers cook, clean, visit with families, and attend to the day to day operations. We always have more activities than volunteers so please reach out if you have an interest. Let us know your skills and we’ll bet we can find a great way for you to volunteer and help our families.

Once again, please consider helping our families. Every little bit helps and our families are so grateful for your continued support. Every child deserves a full and happy life and keeping a positive attitude during their treatment makes all the difference. You’ll feel very rewarded when you put a smile on a child’s face who’s going through a tough time.

Here at Ronald McDonald House we ensure our families are cared for give them time to focus on the important things, their child’s health.