The Importance of Knowing About Cancer
Over the years, cancer has become increasingly present in young children. For any parent hearing that your child has cancer is devastating. Therefore, even thinking about your child potentially getting cancer is unbearable. Not many parents see the need to research about cancer. On the contrary, nearly thirteen thousand kids get cancer each year. This one fact makes the need for parents to educate themselves of great importance. Not only is it good to know about cancer to see the signs in your children but also it gives you an advantage over cancer. If you know treatments and the process of battling cancer, you can right away take action and have a better chance at beating it. The same as knowing where your children are every second knowing what could potential harm you or your child is also of importance.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Cause and Diagnosis
In recent research, scientists have found that there is a list of risk factors that play a major part in the development of ALL. Risk factors including having a high birth weight, Down’s syndrome, certain genetic patterns, and exposure to certain chemo drugs (Look, 2009). As research continues, more and more genetics are being blamed for causing ALL. This key fact is one reason to look into family medical history.
As in all cancers, the diagnosis is formed of results of test. These tests include blood work, a physical, CAT scan, and in some case a spinal tap. Blood work is the one that gives the doctors the clue that there might be cancer. In the blood work, an abnormal white blood cell count would be noted. Telling the doctor that there is something wrong. When leukemia is within the body bad white blood cell over populate. The bad white blood cells can also be called cancer cells. Diagnosis is very important for patients with ALL due to the rapid pace this type of cancer movies at.
Treatment and Remission
There are many treatments for ALL. Treatments include chemo, radiation, cancer drugs, stem cell transplant, and clinical trials. The very first treatment options are chemo and radiation. For most patients this helps them into their first remission. The first remission failure is the point that most patients decide whether to do a stem cell transplant. The second relapse causes the survival rate to go down to ten to twenty-five percent. Many patients give up hope at this point. However, those who have made it through two years in remission trend to suffer from depression and disconnect. For children at this point many then suffer from obesity. So even though there is joy at surviving cancer it does leave an emotional scar (Appelbaum, 2002).
A good place to start to look at for information is family history. Many genetics are passed down including cancer. Having a family member who has cancer does not mean that your child will get cancer. It only means that the chances of your child getting cancer have increases some. Also...