The six pediatric nurses at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are often called upon to do more than other specialties: They need to help children, some too young to talk or understand what’s happening, through a scary and difficult time, while also comforting and supporting their parents and caregivers.
Getting children with cancer to take their medication can cause stress for the caregiver and lead to conflict within the family, and failure to achieve medication adherence can impact the child’s cancer outcomes.
“It brings me joy because he feels joy when he gives back to others. That’s who he’s been since he was a toddler."
“Roswell Park helped heal me over the years, and for that I am so thankful. I am happy to share my story of healing with others."
For many types of pediatric cancers, the treatment that helps save a child’s life might also cause lifelong challenges.
A revolutionary new kind of therapy might change all that.
The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Take a closer look at the top five cancers found in children and the warning signs for each.
This year, the holiday season is extra important for Mason’s whole family. Last December, just 8 days before Christmas, their entire world was turned upside down.
Cancer is confusing, and It’s hard to find the right words to help a child understand such a difficult disease. While we can’t tell you exactly what to say, we hope these books give you a good starting point for open and honest communication. The list includes insightful and educational stories to help your entire family find comfort and inspiration when it’s most needed.
While there is no way to fully prepare for a cancer diagnosis, for parents coping with childhood cancer it's important to pay attention to any warning signs and recognize symptoms.
Last October, at age 19, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had recently graduated from high school and begun working. And then I started not feeling well – I was tired and under the weather all the time.
Erin has gone through a lot for a 15-year-old, with four surgeries to put in medi-ports, two for tumor removal and two for eye reconstruction, with more reconstruction to come.
Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly: in the United States, 10,380 children under the age of 15 were diagnosed in 2016. And there are still a lot of unknowns about why children get cancer.