It breaks your heart when little children suffer from any sort of healthy issue, but when you hear about cancers in children, it’s scary, more than anything else. Even though paediatric cancers are uncommon, it doesn’t mean that they do not exist.
No child deserves to spend their childhood exploring the insides of a hospital, taking medication and treatment to fight a disease way bigger and stronger than they are, but some are born fighters and fight the disease with all they have.
Given below are the cancers that affect children and the symptoms that start showing up in their bodies, so that you could help them fight their battle.
- Acute leukemia: This cancer arises in the bone marrow due to the overproduction of immature white blood cells, disabling the bone marrow to produce other mature cells. Symptoms include, anemia, thrombocytopenia-easy bruising and bleeding, pale skin and conjunctivae, bone or joint pain.
- Central Nervous System cancers: Malignant brain and spinal cord tumors do not have a known cause of occurrence, but largely affect children who have a family history. For infants and toddlers, there are no detectable signs or symptoms of a tumour except for one. The increasing head circumference because of the skull expanding as the tumor grows. The symptoms affect the normal functioning of the child, he/she might suffer from headaches, incoordination, loss of vision due to the tumour interfering with the function of the central nervous system.
- Lymphoma: The cancer affects the lymphoid tissues and is categorised into non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. The symptoms are persistent unexplained cough, malaise, fever, weight loss, pain, night sweats, and pruritus.
- Wilms tumour (nephroblastoma): Cancer of the kidney is the most common intra-abdominal tumor in children. Its symptoms include an enlarged abdominal mass, generally observed by the parents while bathing or lift their child. Other symptoms include, increased abdominal girth, abdominal pain, malaise, hypertension, and microscopic hematuria.
- Rhabdomyosarcoma: Cancer of the soft-tissue occurs anywhere in the body but typically found in the head, neck, extremities, and genitourinary tract. Its symptoms vary depending on the origin of the cancer. It generally shows a mass and pain in it.
- Retinoblastoma: Cancer that arises from the retina in children below 5 years of age. Its signs and symptoms are abnormal white pupillary reflex and a red eye.
- Osteosarcoma: An aggressive cancer of the bones that causes localized pain, which grows worse at night and with activity, a soft tissue mass generally large and tender.
Children may find it difficult to address their troubles or explain them clearly, which is why you should not ignore the signs the body is showing and pay close attention to the complains the child has, regular check ups play a huge role in identifying diseases and treating them before them getting worse.
All they need is a little encouragement, hope, and strength to survive the dreaded. And you are the source of all of those for them. We would be happy to partner with you in helping your child fight and survive cancer.
We, at Ankura, have an amazing team of doctors who specialise in understanding children and their troubles. Your child’s health is our priority. You can book a consult with us.
About The Hospital:
Ankura is a chain of Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.