What’s New in the Treatment of Paediatric Leukaemia?
It Takes a Village
Better understanding of genomics has led to the identification of new sub-types and more focused treatments. Immunotherapy agents are also opening a new era in treatment of the disease. A greater understanding of the genomics of paediatric leukaemia — the genetic errors and irregularities that underlie the disease — has enabled researchers to divide the […]
What is the Difference Between Cancer Grade & Cancer Stage?
A cancer diagnosis that forecasts a premature end to a patient’s life is often described as unfair. When that patient is a child who has not yet fully experienced life, the diagnosis is not just unfair—it is tragic. The good news is that the cure rate for pediatric cancer in high-income countries is greater than […]
Important Questions about Childhood Cancer
When solid tumors are diagnosed, they are often assigned a grade and a stage. Both factors are key considerations when physicians devise a treatment plan. The grade of a tumor is an indication of how abnormal the cancer cells appear under the microscope. The stage of a solid tumor refers to its size and/or whether […]
What Are the Most Common Types of Childhood Cancer?
Childhood Cancer is very diverse, and diagnosis is further complicated because many signs and symptoms—like fever, bruising and headaches—are normal in healthy children. This can lead to confusion for parents, and even for some medical professionals who are not familiar with childhood cancer. Paediatricians are skilled at distinguishing the usual bumps and pains from those that should […]
Little Fighters Cancer Trust Turns Stellenbosch GOLD
Childhood Cancer is uncommon, yet nearly 100,000 children under 15 die from cancer worldwide every year – that is almost 250 children EVERY DAY!! This is a jaw-dropping statistic given that about 80% of childhood cancers are potentially curable with existing treatments. Between 800 and 1 000 South African children under the age of 15 […]
September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Last year LFCT went big during September International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by turning Paarl GOLD – this year we are expanding that to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and yesterday we started in Stellenbosch. Yesterday morning started off cold, windy and cloudy, and we were a bit worried that we would not be able to go […]
Busting Myths Around Cancer
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honour and remember children and families affected by this devastating disease,and help rally support to give Children with Cancer better outcomes by supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness. Each September, we make an extra special effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer, the impact that a diagnosis can have […]
Sarcoma Awareness Month: Undifferentiated Sarcoma
It seems like every week someone else is telling us that something or the other is bad for us or causes cancer, but just how much of this is really true? Are mobile phones really bad for you; do microwaves cause cancer; do Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs) cause cancer; does Teflon cookware cause cancer, […]
International Sarcoma Awareness Month!
Undifferentiated sarcoma is a soft-tissue sarcoma, and is a very rare childhood cancer. Soft tissue sarcomas start in blood vessels, fat, fibrous tissue, muscles, nerves, or other supportive tissues of the body. Signs and Symptoms Symptoms of undifferentiated sarcoma vary according to in which area of the body it appears. The first signs may be […]
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 […]