Childhood Brain Cancer
What is the Expected Life Span of Childhood Brain Tumour Cancer?
The human brain is the “cockpit” or “command center” for the central nervous system; it is also, despite its critical role in every aspect of human life, one of the most delicate organs in the human body. Any abnormal growth or tumour in the brain, whether cancerous or non-cancerous, can cause serious damage to healthy […]
Why do Some Children Develop Brain Tumours?
“What is my child’s prognosis?” This seemingly simple but critical question is often among the first that parents will ask their child’s oncologist after hearing that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Yet, while the question may be simple, answering it can be extremely complicated. In general terms, oncologists can provide statistics relating to […]
New Hope for Fatal Childhood Brain Cancer (DIPG)?
Any time a child is diagnosed with a brain tumour or, truth be told, any type of cancer, the most obvious question many parents ask is “Why? What caused my child to develop a brain tumour?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. Scientists now believe that the vast majority of brain tumours […]
Computerised Cognitive Training: Brain Games & Brain Training
Brain tumours are hard to treat. But even this is a harrowing understatement for some forms of the disease. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is one such example. These rare brain tumours almost exclusively affect children, and they’re invariably fatal. “Almost all children with DIPG sadly die within a couple of years of diagnosis,” says […]
Foodie Friday: Diet and Nutrition During Brain Cancer Treatment
Children may not experience the same brain tumour side effects and symptoms as adults. Because their brains and bodies are still growing, they may experience symptoms and side effects that are unique to their age and stage of development. Children, adolescents and young adults with brain tumors generally experience various side-effects from brain cancer, including Physical […]
Foodie Friday: Malnutrition & Brain Tumour Patients
In the past, you may have promised yourself that you and your family will start eating a more healthy and nutritious diet – now is the time to put that promise into action. Eating well can combat fatigue, help your child feel better, and keep their body strong so that they can cope more easily […]
Are there Risk Factors for Brain Cancer in Children?
Malnutrition at the diagnosis of cancer is not an uncommon finding in the developing world. Malnutrition describes the consequences of insufficient protein-energy intake. Malnutrition is an unspecific term used to define an inadequate nutritional condition. It is characterized by either a deficiency or an excess of energy with measurable adverse effects on clinical outcome. Malnutrition describes the […]
FOODIE FRIDAY: Nutritious Recipes for Children with Brain Cancer
A risk-factor is anything that affects a person’s chance of getting a disease such as brain cancer. Different types of cancer have different risk factors, and this article only deals with the potential risk-factors for brain cancer. Lifestyle-related risk-factors such as diet, body weight, physical activity, and tobacco use play a major role in many […]
Why & How are Brain Tumours Graded?
Nutrition is very important for Children with Cancer, because the presence of the tumour as well as the treatments that they undergo play havoc with their immune systems as well as various other systems in their little bodies. A malignant tumour leads to changes in a child’s metabolism; their system is unable to regulate the […]
Brain tumours are the most common solid tumour in children under the age of 15. When discovered early enough, brain tumours are usually treatable. Many that are slow-growing are cured with surgery alone. Other types that are faster-growing might need additional treatment with radiation therapy or chemotherapy, or both. Brain tumours are graded on a […]