Childhood Cancer ~ Part II: When Your Child is Diagnosed with Cancer
Childhood Cancer ~ Part I: What is Cancer?
In Part 1 of this series we explained that this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better. Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with […]
The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
Unfortunately children are not immune from cancer. It is always a tragedy when a child is struck by cancer, and most times the parents are totally unprepared for what dealing with their child’s illness will entail. The information contained in this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that […]
July is International Sarcoma Awareness Month!
Losing a child is the most painful experience that any parent can be asked to go through, especially when it is a young child that they have had to watch go through the devastating, frightening, physically and emotionally crippling battle against cancer. Losing a child is like losing one’s heart and then being expected to […]
What does The RACE for Children Act Mean?
The month of July is designated International Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone […]
The Inimitable Dr Audrey Evans, Modern Hero
Most paediatric cancer patients are subjected to treatments that are not designed for a child’s developing body. This is because there has been too little research into Childhood Cancer and too few new medications to treat childhood cancer. According to the Coalition against Childhood Cancer, a mere 4 % of America’s National Cancer Institute’s budget […]
Kwazulu-Natal Cancer Patients Dying While Waiting For Treatment
Dr. Audrey Evans is a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years. As the co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (1974), the first Ronald McDonald House in the world that led to the creation of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the co-founder of St. James School (2011), a faith-based middle school […]
How the Cost of Cancer Drugs in South Africa can be Cut
Four months ago the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released a scathing report detailing the collapse of cancer services in the province. The document accused the KwaZulu-Natal health department and its MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, of failing patients. Waiting times for life-saving cancer treatment has grown by almost 30% as KwaZulu-Natal’s cancer services crumble and stall. According to information […]
Cancer Not Recognised as a Priority Disease in South Africa
South Africa’s Competition Commission has launched an investigation into excessive pricing by three major pharmaceutical companies that have the sole rights to distribute cancer drugs in the country. The commission’s job is to protect ordinary South Africans from abuse by dominant players. It has powers to investigate and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers. Its […]
Africa/America Partnership to Fight Childhood Cancer in Africa
It is crying shame to see what has happened to the once proud, functional and world-renowned South African Health Department. South Africa used to have some of the best hospitals, doctors and nurses in the world and they were sought after by many overseas countries, but alas that is no more… Twenty years ago on […]
A comprehensive initiative called Global HOPE (Haematology-Oncology Paediatric Excellence) has recently been launched in public-private partnerships between American institutions and the governments of Botswana, Uganda and Malawi. The $100m Paediatric Haematology-Oncology treatment network has been created in order to build long-term capacity to treat and dramatically improve the prognosis of thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders […]