Long-Term Cardiomyopathy Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Recently, an analysis of long-term cardiomyopathy risk in 28,000 childhood cancer survivors in the US and Europe was done. Researchers compared 4 chemotherapy drugs with development of cardiomyopathy (diseases of the heart muscle). They found exposure to different anthracyclines results in different long-term cardiovascular risk. Heart disease is a leading cause of early death from non-cancer causes […]

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New Service Transforms Childhood Cancer Treatment

  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, […]

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Childhood Cancer ~ Part V (ii): Chemotherapy

In Part 1 of this series we explained that this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better. Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with […]

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Chemobrain in Childhood Cancer

Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the  overall treatment plan. Around 70% of cancer survivors report difficulties with memory and concentration after undergoing chemotherapy – this is conversationally referred to as “Chemobrain,” which is described as a […]

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? Update On Little Fighter KENZO ?

Little Fighter Kenzo Phillips was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in February 2016, at a mere 8 months of age. Kenzo has gone through much in his short lifespan, including harsh chemotherapy treatments, and has seen more hospitals and doctors than any child should… Earlier this month LFCT celebrated with Kenzo and his family at […]

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CINV Affects Patients Economically & Emotionally

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is a common — and often costly — problem among patients with cancer. Chemotherapy is the use of specific drugs, administered by a paediatric oncologist, to destroy cancer cells by preventing the cancer cells from growing and dividing to make more new cells. Cancer cells generally grow and divide much faster […]

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Why Are Childhood Cancer Rates on the Rise?

Global childhood cancer rates jumped 13% in the decade to 2010 compared to the 1980s, according to a UN-backed study that says the increase may be due in part to improved detection. For children under 15, the incidence rate of cancer was 140 per million during the first decade of this century, the International Agency […]

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Foodie Friday: Anti Side-Effect Recipes

It is important to eat small meals more often while undergoing conventional cancer treatments such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy. For those who are suffering side-effects such as dysphasia, sore mouths or nausea, consuming a nutrient dense smoothie for one meal and then trying some sun-dried fruits (without sugar) and untoasted nuts as a […]

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