Childhood Cancer – What is to Blame for It?
New Service Transforms Childhood Cancer Treatment
Most individuals who have not been affected by childhood cancer mistakenly believe that childhood cancer is caused by genetic or environmental factors, not simply bad luck, according to a new study by medical researchers at UNSW. The team of researchers has highlighted community beliefs about what causes cancer in children, an area which remains understudied. […]
Can New Cancer Drug Safely Boost Radiation Therapy?
Children with cancer in the UK are to benefit nationally from a service which for the first time will allow doctors to personalise their treatment. The therapeutic drug monitoring service, developed by Newcastle University experts, allows clinicians to obtain vital information about how much chemotherapy individual young patients should receive. Youngsters diagnosed with cancer, […]
Can Dogs Detect Cancer?
Cancer continues to be one of the top causes of death in many countries, and Radiation therapy is one of the most common treatments used in the fight against cancer. About 60% of cancer patients benefit from radiation, which is used either on its own or together with chemotherapy. Radiation therapy works by puncturing the […]
Rare Childhood Cancers
Dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell which humans have put to use by training them to sniff out explosives and narcotics. This remarkable sense of smell can also be useful in the medical world, as dogs are able to sniff out and detect viruses, bacteria, and certain diseases, including cancer in a person’s skin, urine, […]
Success With ‘Half-Matched’ Donors Leads Transplant Advances
The most common Childhood Cancers about which we normally hear include Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), Brain Tumours, Neuroblastoma, Wilms Tumour, and Lymphoma. These are also the most common Childhood Cancers in South Africa, but they are not the only cancers that children can get. Compared with adult cancers, childhood cancers are rare and there are a number […]
Could the Zika Virus Kill Childhood Cancer?
Until recently, potentially life-saving bone marrow or stem cell transplants for cancer and other diseases were limited to patients who had a perfectly matched donor for the best chance of a good outcome. The bottleneck was especially daunting for minority ethnic groups, who are poorly represented in donor registries. The odds of an African-American patient finding a […]
Do Alternative Therapies Decrease a Cancer Patient's Survival Chances?
Neuroblastoma is a cancer of nerve cells that reside outside of the brain, and occurs when malignant cancer cells form in the specialised nerve cells of the sympathetic nerves involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues. Neuroblastoma most commonly occurs in one of the adrenal glands situated in the tummy or […]
Here at LFCT we post about various methods of fighting cancer, as we believe in putting all relevant information out there for the patient (or the patient’s parents) as we believe that it is up to them to decide the way forward. We neither recommend nor discourage the use of alternative/complementary treatments, although we DO […]