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When The Big C Hits Small Fry (Part 1) - Blood cancer

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Sadly cancer does target children. And disturbingly there are 4500 new cases in India every year. “The reassuring news,” says Dr. Shweta Bansal, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist attached to S. L. Raheja Hospital, a Fortis Associate, “is that death rates for children are falling dramatically, specially, if medical intervention is speedy, because 70% to 90% cancers in a child and adolescent are curable producing long time survival.” “As in adults, doctors use a combination of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. However because children are still growing, these treatments may have side effects in growth and development that do not occur in adults.

Description: Description: However because children are still growing, these treatments may have side effects in growth and development that do not occur in adults.

However because children are still growing, these treatments may have side effects in growth and development that do not occur in adults.

“That’s why children are best treated under a team of doctors with expertise in childhood cancer. Treatment can be a long drawn affair, even up to 3 years and it is important that you do not give up hope and stop mid-stream.”

Origins

Nobody knows for sure what causes childhood cancers, although exposure to radiation and Down Syndrome could be culprits. Early malignancies are essentially different from adult cancers in that they are not cancers of the organs, but of tissues, anywhere in the body. 

They are not hereditary.

It’s not enough for something to go awry in the embryonic stage; something also needs to go wrong post birth. Says Bansal: Childhood cancers are very different from adult cancers, because they grow faster and are more aggressive, so the child gets sick in a very few days.” 

Here, we provide a brief overview of the most common childhood cancers.

Blood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia)

Blood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) White Blood Cells develop in the stem cells in the bone marrow. When this development goes berserk, pieces of chromosomes get rearranged so that affected cells multiply uncontrollably and become cancerous. The result is Leukemia.

Description: Description: Blood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) White Blood Cells develop in the stem cells in the bone marrow.

Blood cancer (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) White Blood Cells develop in the stem cells in the bone marrow.

In Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) the over production of the cancer cells is compared with a mysterious arrest in the normal maturation of cells. Lymphoma cells are produced excessively, but are unable to mature, so cannot fulfill their normal function in battling microbes. 

The causes are unknown. But it is conjectured that it could be due to a low exposure to infection, which creates a poorly developed immune system. Pregnant women who are short on Vitamin B complex and folk acid hamper the child’s immune system.

All is the most common cancer in kids accounting for a quarter of all childhood cancers. It strikes children under 15, usually between 2 and 5.

The symptoms are fever, pallor, bleeding from the nose and gums, easy bruising, lethargy, poor appetite, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver and spleen, small pinkish spots on the skin. 

The diagnosis is made by blood tests which will show reduction in the HBC and platelets counts, and a bone biopsy.

Treatment includes chemo in phases, blood and platelet transfusion, antibiotics for infants, IV fluids, stem cell therapy.

Description: Description: The diagnosis is made by blood tests which will show reduction in the HBC and platelets counts, and a bone biopsy.

The diagnosis is made by blood tests which will show reduction in the HBC and platelets counts, and a bone biopsy.

Eighty per cent to 90% of kids are completely cured. Those between 3 and 7 have the best prognosis. Dr. Bansal tells us about 10-year-old Nilesh who was brought in because of a mild fever and joint pains for a week. After testing negative for malaria, chikengu nia and dengue, the boy was diagnosed with high grade ALL. He was treated with 8 cycles of aggressive chemotherapy, and is doing well, with regular follow ups. 

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