Helen's Story – Retinoblastoma Part 1

  Hi, my name is Helen and my mommy and I would like to share my story with you so that more people can get to know about Childhood Cancer; in this case specifically Retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma is a type of eye cancer that develops in the light-sensitive lining of the eye, called the retina, and can occur […]

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Foodie Friday: Healthy Vegetarian/Vegan Meals

A diagnosis of cancer and subsequent treatment can result in irregular food and fluid intake, weight loss, and nutritional deficiencies. There is frequently an increased need for calories and protein while there is usually a decreased appetite. Chemotherapy, for example, works by killing or disabling cancer cells. Unfortunately, this targets not only the tumour, but […]

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10 Portions of Fruit &Veg Daily Best for Health

According to most doctors and nutritionists, eating five portions of fruits and vegetables daily is considered sufficient for good health, but a recent study, reported in the International Journal of Epidemiology,  posits that the greatest benefits come from eating 10 portions a day. An analysis of 95 studies assessing the health benefits of fruit and […]

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The Impact of the Inequality Gap on Health

“What good does it do to treat people and send them back to the conditions that made them sick?” This is the question Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, said he asks himself repeatedly, during a speech he recently gave at Wits University regarding why health is not […]

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How To: Boost Your Child with Cancer’s Mood

Just the mere word “cancer” is enough to send most people into a fit of depression, and this is no different for a child. A diagnosis of cancer, together with the treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, the pain, nausea, hair loss, anaemia, and the constant hospital visits or having to stay indoors and […]

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High Cost of Cancer Treatments Impact Medication Adherence

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the American Cancer Society and published in the journal Cancer, the high ever-rising cost of cancer treatment is affecting prescription drug adherence. The study, which used data from the National Health Interview Survey, found that patients with cancer were far more likely to stop taking their […]

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Less Use of Radiation Therapy Leads to Decline in Secondary Cancers in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Research done by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital shows that Childhood Cancer survival rates are on the rise and that children are seeing fewer new tissue growths as well as fewer complications later on. Researchers say that this decline is due to a sharp drop in the use of radiation therapy. Radiation treatment in paediatric cancers has been […]

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Africa/America Partnership to Fight Childhood Cancer in Africa

A comprehensive initiative called Global HOPE (Haematology-Oncology Paediatric Excellence) has recently been launched in public-private partnerships between American institutions and the governments of Botswana, Uganda and Malawi. The $100m Paediatric Haematology-Oncology treatment network has been created in order to build long-term capacity to treat and dramatically improve the prognosis of thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders […]

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Warning Signs of Paediatric Cancers

Cancers are malignant (malicious) growths or tumours caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division which may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream. An arbitrarily adopted standard of the ages used if they are childhood cancers, are 0–14 years inclusive, that is, up to 14 years 11.9 […]

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