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By Nancy Keene

This such a lot whole dad or mum advisor covers not just specified and specific clinical information regarding leukemia and a number of the cures, but additionally daily useful suggestion on how one can do something about techniques, hospitalization, friends and family, college, social and monetary matters, communique, emotions, and, if treatment isn't winning, the tough problems with dying and bereavement. Woven one of the scientific info and the sensible suggestion are the voices of folks and kids who've lived with leukemia and its remedies. As many fogeys have already discovered, suggestion from "veteran" mom and dad could be a lifeline. acquiring a uncomplicated figuring out of issues akin to clinical terminology, how medications paintings, universal uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy, and the way to paintings extra successfully with scientific team of workers can in simple terms enhance the standard of lifestyles for the total kin anguish in addition to their leukemic baby. Having mom and dad describe their very own emotional ups and downs, how they coped, and the way they molded their relations lifestyles round hospitalizations could be a super convenience. simply understanding that there are different children on chemotherapy who refuse to consume something yet tacos or who've widespread rages could make one believe much less by myself. mom and dad who learn this publication will stumble upon scientific proof easily defined, suggestion to ease their way of life, and instruments to be a powerful suggest for his or her baby. This 3rd variation comprises major updates to the knowledge on remedies, chemotherapy medicines, bone marrow transplants, dealing with unwanted side effects, and assets. It additionally encompasses a own remedy precis and long term follow-up advisor to your baby to maintain as an everlasting list.

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If mature neutrophils and lymphocytes are crowded out by the blasts, the child will have little or no defense against infections. Who gets leukemia Acute leukemia is the most common childhood cancer. Often thought of as strictly a childhood disease, leukemia actually afflicts many more adults than children. Each year in the United States, approximately 3,500 children are diagnosed with acute leukemia. Childhood leukemia is most commonly diagnosed at ages two to seven, with the highest incidence at approximately three years of age.

In fraternal (non-identical twins), there is minimal if any increased risk of leukemia developing in both twins. Environmental factors Exposure to ionizing radiation and certain toxic chemicals may predispose individuals to leukemia and other problems involving the bone marrow. Many Japanese who were exposed to fallout from the atomic bomb during World War II and some of the people living near the Chernobyl accident in the Ukraine have developed leukemia. However, children exposed to irradiation from the bombs while in the mother’s womb did not have an increased risk of developing leukemia.

For further information, see Chapter 6, Forming a Partnership with the Medical Team. Sadness and grief Parents feel an acute sense of loss when their child is diagnosed with leukemia. They feel unprepared to cope with the possibility of death, and fear that they may simply not be able to deal with the enormity of the problems facing the family. Parents describe feeling engulfed by sadness. Grieving for the child is common, even when the prognosis is good. Parents grieve the loss of normalcy, the realization that life will never be the same.

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