New Hope for Fatal Childhood Brain Cancer (DIPG)?
Child Cancer Diagnosis – What I Wish I Knew
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 […]
Computerised Cognitive Training: Brain Games & Brain Training
What do you do when you receive the shocking and unwelcome news that your child has cancer? What do you need? How do you handle it? What do you do or say when the child of a friend has been diagnosed with cancer? How do you support them best? What do you say and what […]
The Impact of Childhood Brain Cancer on School & Education
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 […]
Are there Risk Factors for Brain Cancer in Children?
During the diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour, your child may be asking, “When can I go back to school?” Going back to school after months of treatment can be a cause for celebration. Children and young adults gain a sense of accomplishment and peer support from school, and long absences and changes in […]
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 […]
Side Effects of Childhood Brain Cancer
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 […]
Foodie Friday: Best Nutrition for Children with Brain Cancer
Childhood Brain Tumours are different to Adult Brain Tumours because their brains are still growing and developing. This means that the side effects that childhood cancer sufferers experience will generally be unique to their age and stage of development. The side-effects of a brain tumour can be taxing on both the child and the parents, […]
It is vital that Children with Cancer, including Children with Brain Cancer, eat well-balanced, nutritional meals and snacks in order to maintain their weight, rebuild any tissue lost in treatment, and strengthen their immune system and power it to fight against the brain cancer. The occurrence of malnutrition in children with childhood tumours is multifactorial […]
Brain tumours can be either primary (develop in the brain) or secondary (cancer from another part of the body spreads to the brain). A primary brain tumour occurs when abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain. Brain tumours are the most common type of tumour that develops in children, and they can affect […]