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Terminal Cancer In Children
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
More curable...: Typically cancer in children are more curable. This is probably due to a number of factors such as the cancers are biologically different than their adult counterparts, and that we are able to treat children with more intensive therapy because they are more resilient. Another difference is that certain cancers really only happen in kids (neuroblastoma) or just in adults (colon, breast). ...Read more
Tumors have variable behaviors and there are no statistics like sports. Fast growing tumors in children include, glioblastoma multiforme, acute leukemia, and neuroblastoma. See this site for more info.
http://www. Dana-farber. Org/pediatric-care/cancer-types/pediatric-cancer-types. Aspx. ...Read more
Leukemia/lymphoma: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common cancer in childhood. It is still common in adolescents, but lymphoma becomes more common in the teenage years, and the frequency of hodgkin lymphoma and nhl approaches that of all. Brain tumors are common in childhood as well, but not nearly as common as in adults. ...Read more
ALL: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is the most common cancer in children and teens. ...Read more
Probably the same.: The risk of cancer depends on environmental as well as genetic factors. China has modernized greeatly in the past 20 years, so the likely have risks for cancer increase from industrialization, but then their health care and living standards have also likely improved, so this would likely decrease their risk. The gene pool has not changed, so the occurrence of cancer is likely to be the same. ...Read more
No: This is an undoubtable urban myth. The high tension towers are safe. ...Read more
Leukemia & Brain: The most complete (though older) data is from 1995, where leukemia caused the most deaths in children and teens. Over the past decade, we have gotten better at treating leukemia. The most current good data available (2009) shows that leukemia and brain tumors now cause about the same number of cancer deaths in children and teens. ...Read more
Sometimes genetics: With retinoblastoma, 40% of children have a genetic form: one copy of the RB1 gene is changed in every cell in the body at birth. If the 2nd copy of the gene undergoes a change, a retinoblastoma tumor can develop. Most children with retinoblastoma do not have the genetic form & spontaneously develop 2 RB1 mutations in an immature cell. Scientists don't know how or why it occurs in these childen. ...Read more
Many possibilities: See the answer given for symptoms of a brain tumor in teenagers. I think it is always best to talk to your primary care doctor if your child has some specific symptoms or signs you are concerned may be related to a brain tumor. This is a very uncommon diagnosis in children--and though possible---should be approached by your child's physician. ...Read more
Yes: Leukemia in childhood has seen great progress in the past 3 decades moving from a commonly fatal process to one where most can survive. The coordinated and specialized treatments involve several medications and a team of specialists, usually based at a childrens hospital or medical school. Pediatric hematology/oncology programs usually take the lead in treatment. ...Read more
Glioma: Gliomas make up 75% of childhood brain cancer. Three main types: astrocytomas (often in the cerebellum and usually curable with surgery), malignant gliomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma), and ependymomas. Another 15% of brain cancers in children are medulloblastomas - these occur almost exclusively in children, and are more invasive and difficult to treat. ...Read more
Daughter had egd with abnormal mucosa and nodules in stomach. What is the possible diagnosis? Also how common is stomach cancer in children?
Varies: It depends on a variety of factors including overall health, treatment options available (including chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) and if being pursued or not. Symptoms could be from treatments or from the cancer or both. Some might start within days of diagnosis, some months, and others years with "terminal" cancer. For symptom likelihood/timing ask your oncologist or palliative care teams. ...Read more
Depends on the type:
Of cancer. Common symptoms are pain, weakness, depression, loss of apetite despite losing weight, swelling at the site of the tumor, may be nausea, vomiting diarrhea, paralysis, difficulty breathing and lack of sleep etc. See this site for more info.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/17060255. ...Read more
Sorry 2 hear: If he/she is truly terminal, your friend will die. I'm not trying to be funny as this is a very sad situation, but the process of dying varies a lot depending on the cancer, the organs involved, and the patient's general health. Your friend needs companionship without smothering and needs someone who will stand by him/her even if they take a treatment course you disagree with. God bless. ...Read more
Always hope: Different cancers often have very different survival rates. The type of cancer and it's stage have a strong influence on survival. Though some cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, have very small 5 year survival rates... there are still some survivors. I do not know of any cancer that is 100% fatal. I don't want to give unrealistic expectations, but it can be good to know survival is possible. ...Read more
Terminal = death...: If a person's disease (cancer) is described by a healthcare professional as being "terminal", that means that the person would be expected to die from his/her disease. A "non terminal" cancer is one in which death from disease is not predicted. ...Read more
Pain control: The doctor who following the patient should give the pain control medicine so they don, t suffer from pain. ...Read more
Ask his/her doctor: Depends on many factors, including type of stage 4 cancer, current overall health, functional status, ongoing palliative treatments including palliative chemotherapy, and so on. His/her doctors (including a hospice or palliative doctor) could give an average estimate and tell you how likely that estimate would apply to that person's situation. ...Read more
What does it feel like to have terminal cancer? How can you help a loved one with this condition?
Emotional support: True terminal cancer is unrelated to the size of a tumor. Rather byproducts such as tumor necrosis factor cause symptoms of anorexia and cachexia with muscle loss and inability to function. End organ failure ensues with liver and kidney function rapidly diminishing causing inability to ambulate properly. This is seen in metastatic pancreatic cancer and advanced metastatic lesions to liver ...Read more
Prognosis is poor.: Angiosarcomas are very rare and aggressive cancers that spread early. 70% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. The tumors are made out of newly-formed blood vessels and stimulated to grow by vegf. New biologic therapies, called monoclonal antibodies, are being developed to target these cancerous blood vessels. Not much is know about these tumors due to their rarity. ...Read more
Get help: Assuming your daughter is being treated by a pediatric oncologist, most programs have many specialists to help with this very hard situation. Social workers can be of great help, and child psychologists and palliative care specialists are additional useful resources (in addition to your daughter's oncologist). There is no reason to do this alone. ...Read more
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