What Are the Most Common Types of Childhood Cancer?
Sarcoma Awareness Month: Undifferentiated Sarcoma
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 […]
Sarcoma Awareness Month: RhabdomyoSarcoma
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 […]
Sarcoma Awareness Month: OsteoSarcoma
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a soft tissue cancer that develops in the soft tissue of striated muscles, which are the muscles that are attached to bones and help the body to move. Rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for about 50% of soft tissue sarcomas in children and can begin in various places in the body. Rhabdomyosarcoma is mostly found in […]
Sarcoma Awareness Month: Ewing Sarcoma
Osteosarcoma (also called osteogenic sarcoma) is the most common type of bone cancer and starts in the osteoblasts, which are the bone cells at the end of the long bones where new bone tissue forms as a young person grows. Types of Osteosarcoma: Periosteal Osteosarcoma Parosteal sarcoma of bone Telangiectatic Osteogenic Sarcoma Small Cell Osteosarcoma […]
International Sarcoma Awareness Month!
Ewing sarcoma is a bone cancer (although it can also very rarely develop in the soft tissue) and is the second most common primary sarcoma that can develop in children, comprising 10-15% of childhood bone cancers. The Ewing’s family of tumours: Ewing’s sarcoma of bone Extraosseous Ewing’s – a tumour outside of the bone Primitive […]
What are the Early Symptoms of Leukaemia in Children?
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 […]
Understanding Brain Tumours
Many symptoms of leukaemia in children are also symptoms of common, less serious childhood illnesses. Leukaemia can be chronic, and the symptoms may develop slowly, or it can be acute, and the symptoms may appear very quickly. Childhood leukaemia also affects teens. It is the most common type of cancer in children under the age […]
What is Brain Cancer?
Some Quick Facts About Brain Cancer Brain tumors are often difficult to diagnose because their signs and symptoms may mimic those of other disorders. Symptoms will also vary according to the exact location of the tumor. Paediatric brain tumours are not the same as those in adults. Children’s brain tumours require specific research and different […]
Childhood Cancer: Lessons In Life & Death – Live Like 12 yr old Lola
The human brain is a very complex organ, so much so that not even Medical Doctors really know everything about it yet, and for the everyday parent whose child has just been diagnosed with one or other form of brain cancer, the sudden influx of medical terminology can be completely intimidating and overwhelming. We will […]
On Aug. 26, 2016, Lola Muñoz was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an inoperable brain tumour. DIPG affects children almost exclusively, with a 0% survival rate and an average prognosis of nine to 12 months. Only 10% of DIPG patients survive two years. When their daughter’s left eye initially stopped tracking along with […]