When diagnosed early enough, and treated with the appropriate protocols, approximately 70% of childhood cancers are curable. However, today only 20% of the world’s children benefit from advanced medical care.
Children living in the underdeveloped countries account for 80% of the world’s population of children. Some of these children have cancer and are currently denied the right to hope for a cure.
Childhood Cancer International – CCI (formerly ICCCPO) exists so that the parents of these children have access to the information they require to make educated decisions about their child’s treatment.
The treatment and care of childhood cancer requires a whole interdisciplinary team, to provide not just the medical treatment of the child (which may include surgery and radiation), but also the psychosocial support for the child and the whole family.
Close cooperation between the medical team at the hospital and the parents of the child is considered to be an essential component of the successful treatment and care of the child.
Parent groups have an integral and vital part to play, in supporting the children and the families.
Please remember, when searching for information on the internet…
- that every child with cancer regardless of financial or social class, race or native origin deserves access to the best possible treatment and medical care,
- results may include links to information related to adult cancers; these are often quite different to childhood cancers even though they may have identical or similar names,
- results may include information intended for different audiences; for example information for oncologists often assumes a great deal of prior knowledge and specialist education,
- the search term may include a word that is spelt differently in American and UK English (eg. Leukemia vs. Leukaemia, tumor vs. tumour),
- the quality of information on the Internet is variable,
- users should be aware of source reliability issues.
Parents are strongly advised to discuss their information requirements with their doctor, who knows their child’s specific details.
Children with cancer need everyone’s help!
Assessing and referring childhood cancers
by Will Stahl-Timmins,
This visual graphic gives a good overview of symptoms and related possible cancers (please click on the image for higher resolution).
Posted on August 24, 2015