Cancer

Cancer

Cancer is when normal body tissues change into abnormal cells and grow uncontrollably. Almost any body part can develop cancer. These abnormal cells can move through fluid such as blood, lymph, or spinal fluid to other parts of the body. This is called metastasis.

Topics within childhood cancers include:

  • acute lympoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • astrocytoma
  • bone cancer
  • chemotherapy
  • chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML)
  • complementary therapies for cancer
  • Ewing's sarcoma
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • osteogenic sarcoma
  • parent with cancer
  • radiation
  • school re-entry
  • soft-tissue sarcoma
  • Wilms' tumor

Our Journey With Cancer App for the iPad is available for download here http://bit.ly/1sKkJVZ

More information

Stem Cell Transplant Family Handbook - English

I can tell you how a transplant will help my child.

I can tell you what type of transplant my child is having.

I can tell you how having a transplant will change the life of my child and family.

I can tell you how the donor will be determined.

I can tell you what type of central line my child has.

I can tell you what I can expect while in the hospital.

I can tell you what differences will be in my child's care if my child goes to the PICU.

I can tell you about how long we will be in the hospital for the transplant and what can be brought to the hospital.

I can tell you how I can help care for my child while in the hospital and decrease risk of infections.

I can show you good skin and mouth care, and tell you why it is important.

I can tell you about my child's meal plan and why good nutrition is important.

I can tell you about common infections and how they are prevented or treated.

I can tell you possible side effects of radiation and how they are prevented or treated.

I can tell you some of the side effects that can occur within 3 months of having a transplant.

I can tell you about Graft vs. Host Disease (GVHD).

I can tell you how to prevent rejection and ease flare-ups of Graft vs. Host Disease.

I can tell you about Veno-Occlusive Disease (or VOD).

I can tell you why chemotherapy is being given and what side effects can occur.

I can tell you what other medications my child will get and why.

I can tell you what can be done to help my child's pain.

I can tell you how I can protect my child from infections at home.

I can tell you what my child is able to do.

I can tell you how to contact my home care company.

I can tell you signs my child may have a medical problem, and how I will respond.

I can tell you about my child's follow-up appointments.

Visit these websites for more information:

ACS - cancer.org - American Cancer Society

ACTION: Arizona Children's Therapeutic & Investigational Oncology Network - Arizona-based Clinical Trials for Children with Cancer

Childhood Cancer Center - Patient-centered Guides

Childhood Cancers - National Cancer Institute

CureSearch - CureSearch represents the combined efforts of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Children's Oncology Group.

nbmtLINK - National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

PBTF - Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

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