Understanding childhood cancers: Preliminary notes

Cancer occurs when cells develop out of control, and in abnormal sizes and shapes.

Cancer occurs when cells develop out of control, and in abnormal sizes and shapes.

What you need to know:

  • Once cancer has been diagnosed, it's important for parents to seek help from a medical center that specialises in pediatric oncology such as the Kenyatta National Hospital or the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. 
  • The cost of medicines for the management of childhood cancer is almost 40 percent of the treatment cost.
  • A child with leukemia may have a strong fever, fatigue, cough, and infections. Further symptoms may include quick and easy bleeding or bruising, frequent gasping for air, swelling of the abdomen, underarms, neck, and groin, seizures, poor appetite, body imbalance, rashes, and gum problems.

In February 2020, Brayden was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells due to bone marrow damage. The consultant pediatrician, haematologist, and oncologist Dr. Nyambura Kariuki told Brayden’s parents that they would have to seek a bone marrow transplant outside the country because the procedure could not be done locally. For the next year, Brayden was in and out of Kenyatta National Hospital where he underwent red blood cell and platelets transfusion, as his parents struggled to raise funds.

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