This is just one reason why we need to raise awareness of childhood cancer and everything about it, from symptoms, to treatment and the long term side effects of these outdated drugs.
When a child is treated for cancer they don’t just lose their hair and get a bit sick. Their internal organs are under an enormous strain, immune systems put at risk, growing bodies don’t receive enough hormones.
They are under a lot of pressure mentally too:
~ Younger children may not understand why they are in hospital and being “hurt” with needles or given medicine which makes them feel unwell.
~ Older children understand only too well that while they fight for their lives, their peers are at school, or out riding their bikes, playing with friends and having fun, etc.