A kid has cancer and I’m not sure what to buy….Solved

A couple of weeks back, my mother told me we had been invited to a farewell birthday party being held for a child with cancer. My mother is a doctor and was good friends with the mother of the child in question. I thought to myself, what could I possibly bring to this poor child and how can any gift come close to making him happy when he knows that he is about to die? It is such a sad story, but consider the old saying… It’s the thought that counts.

The first thing to take into consideration is the type of cancer that the child has. If it is a debilitating condition which lowers muscle strength it would be a fairly bad idea to provide a hands on toy or puzzle, in this case something to pass the time with the maximum amount of time and ease would be more appropriate like a box set collection of cartoons or his favorite movie.

If the child has an illness where he can still use his hands then a hands on toy would be absolutely fine. In fact, you can pretty much get this child anything that all other children can have or may want as long as it makes him or her happy. A gift as simple as a bubble blower can put a smile on the face of pretty much any kid.

The second thing to consider depends on whether or not you know the child. I agree, it is fairly difficult to play it safe especially when you have never even met the person in the first place. But I tell you, generic gifts such as chocolate or foods containing nuts should always be avoided as an increase in blood sugar may interfere with chemotherapy and the healing process (depending on the situation).

A great gift that many kids always seem to like, from my experience, are coloring books. Not only do they help to distract the child from hardship by providing them with something to do, but it can also give them a much enjoyed sense of fulfillment. “Look what I did mommy!” says the little kid to his mother, proud of his artwork. You can see that this would not only bring joy to the face of the little boy or girl but would also bring a sense of happiness and pride to the parents… Much better than chocolate or one of those little toy cars which get two or three minutes of play and a lifetime of shelf-life.

Thirdly, the occasion must be taken into account. If the gift is very personal and would be better off opened in privacy then a more expensive gift like a PSP would be great. But if the present is opened in front of other little kids, this would cause a bit of envy for the others and a more suitable gift would be something practical and warm, like a small sweater, cool shoes, a jacket or even a puzzle. My friends, I am so sorry to hear that someone you know has befallen such a harsh and unfair fate, but I hope that my guidance has helped you and in turn given you inspiration to make a child smile.

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.