Childhood Cancer is very different to Adult Cancer and is therefore not treated the same as Adult Cancer. Paediatric Cancer Centres generally offer extra support services for children and their families, such as child life specialists, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors. Special activities and programs to help your child and family cope may also be available. There are, however, times when a teenager with cancer may need to be treated at an Adult Cancer Centre.
All Children with Cancer should be treated at a specialised cancer centre. Doctors at these centres have extensive experience in treating children with cancer and have access to the latest research. In many cases, a team of doctors works with a child and the family to provide care; this is called a multidisciplinary team.
This section will eventually contain all available information about all the main cancer treatments for Childhood Cancer, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
We will also provide information about complementary and alternative therapies.
The treatment of childhood cancer depends on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects, the family’s preferences, and the child’s overall health. Your child’s care plan may also include treatment for symptoms and side effects, an important part of cancer care.
Take time to learn about all of your child’s treatment options and be sure to ask questions about things that are unclear.
Also, talk about the goals of each treatment with your doctor and what to expect while receiving the treatment.
Conventional medicine is the sort of medicine and treatment your doctor would usually use to treat your cancer. You may also hear this called orthodox medical treatment.
While significant progress has been made in treating cancer since 1971 ,it still remains the second leading cause of death in many countries across the globe.
The major modes of treatment for cancer remain, as they were in 1971 – surgery, radiation and non-targeted chemotherapy. Yet, in the past fifteen years significant technology breakthroughs have enabled a rapid increase in understanding cancer at the molecular level. This is leading to many new approaches to treatment.
Read more about the different Conventional Medical Treatments
Complementary & Alternative Therapies
A complementary therapy means you can use it alongside your conventional medical treatment. It may help you to feel better and cope better with your cancer and treatment. It is important to discuss with your doctor any complementary therapy that you are thinking of using.
An alternative therapy is generally used instead of conventional medical treatment. All conventional cancer treatments have to go through rigorous testing by law in order to prove that they work. Most alternative therapies have not been through such testing and there is no scientific evidence that they work. Some types of alternative therapy may not be completely safe and could cause harmful side effects.
Read more about the different Complementary & Alternative Therapies