Will Trump Sign the Childhood Cancer STAR ACT?

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Childhood Cancer STAR (Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research) Act.  This bipartisan legislation will advance paediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance, and providing resources […]

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World Cancer Day ~ 4th February: "We Can ~ I Can."

Every year on 4th February,  a truly global event takes place ~ World Cancer Day unites the global population in the fight against cancer in an attempt to prevent millions of deaths each year by raising Awareness and Education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action. Despite recent scientific progress in finding treatments and improving patients’ […]

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Cancer Benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom is a peppery, citrusy spice that is native to the evergreen forests of India and is commonly used in Indian cuisine, but it has also made its way into Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for mouth ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. According to various studies, cardamom also contains cancer-fighting compounds with the potential to kill cancer […]

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Helping Your Child with Cancer Cope

A cancer diagnosis brings with it not only pain and treatments, but a complete lifestyle change – there are all the appointments, tests, medications, infusions, scans, special diets, and so on to deal with; time in and out of hospital; fatigue, lethargy, boredom and a change in eating habits… For children things are worse, because […]

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A Little Reminder of What We Do

It being the beginning of another year, we thought that we would just remind everyone exactly what it is that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust actually does apart from posting on this blog and on our Facebook Page…. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT) is a South African Non-Profit Organisation that offers various types of support to Children […]

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Honouring Caleb Tristan van der Westhuizen – ^Forever 5^

Caleb Tristan van der Westhuizen was a normal, beautiful little curly-haired young lad of 4, whom his parents were very proud of, when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in September 2015. Caleb underwent various treatments for his cancer, including various operations as well as undergoing Chemotherapy and Retinoid Therapy  (Retinoids are chemicals that are related to […]

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Vulnerability Of Child Cancer Patients To Treatment Toxicities

Despite many successes in treating paediatric cancer, young children remain at high risk for developing severe, long-lasting impairments in their brain, heart, and other vital organs from chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In adults, however, these tissues are relatively spared. This disparity creates a complicated balancing act for doctors – administering doses high enough to have […]

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Dangers of Obesity in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Unfortunately, for Survivors of Childhood Cancer, the risks to their health are not over by any means… Various studies have shown that Childhood Cancer Survivors may be at increased risk of being obese due to the therapies they underwent to fight the cancer. Among the strongest predictor of obesity in survivors was childhood obesity, which […]

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