About Childhood Cancer
Cancer is a complicated disease for the patient and the family. Perhaps one of the most difficult illnesses a child could go through is physically and psychologically draining. Although in essence, cancer must be treated physically and mentally it is important to know some general concepts about it.
In essence, cancer starts when cells grow without restraint forming a mass known as a tumor. This mass can be benign which means it stopped growing at a certain point; or malignant if it grows and spreads to other parts of the body.
In Children, cancer behaves differently from adults, even when its location is the same. That is why there are hospitals and medical centers specializing in childhood cancer.
Also, certain types of cancer cells do not form a mass but gather other cells in different areas of the body which stops the generation of cells that carry oxygen (blood cells), and defend the body against pathogens (white cells), and platelets.
It is important that the family helps their little ones psychologically during this process. Cancer treatment requires assistance and much more love because the children’s take on the world and its challenges begin at an early age, a matter that brings a lot of questions and reflections.
Supporting your Children
A Children’s body and mind change during cancer. Advice from oncology doctors and psychologist to adapt your lifestyle to your children’s challenges are essential to their recovery. In this regard, remember that children are very sensitive about other people’s behavior and reactions.
Likewise, due to treatments such as chemotherapy secondary effects like hair loss or weight loss are very common. Get ready to assist your child before this happens by providing him options. Moreover, in regard to food, follow the instructions of a registered dietitian and provide the appropriate food and supplements so your children can stay strong every day.
Also, as we mentioned before, children are very sensitive to people’s behavior reason why you need to prepare them when somebody misgenders them or asks them something they consider personal. Let your children decide if he wants to answer or ignore them. Remember to coordinate efforts with your children’s nurse/doctor. Medical staff will provide information about how to reduce pain and prevent complications during treatment.