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.