5 frequently asked questions about childhood cancer
1. What are the most common childhood cancers?
>> See also: Childhood cancer: What you need to know - Article written by T.S, B.S Pham Thi Viet Huong - Doctor of Hematology - Oncology - Hematology and Cell Therapy Unit - Medical Center Study of Cell Regeneration and Therapy, Vinmec Times City International General Hospital
2. What are the causes and risk factors of childhood cancer?
Some children receive genetic mutations from their parents that increase their risk of cancer.
In some cases, DNA changes occur during pregnancy that are not inherited from the parents.
2.2 Lifestyle and living environment In adults, there are lifestyle-related cancer risk factors such as: smoking, being overweight, unhealthy eating...; factors related to the living environment such as radiation exposure, chemical waste... However, in children, these factors do not play a major role.
2.3 Unknown The majority of childhood cancers are in this group.
3. What is the difference between childhood and adult cancers?
3.2 Childhood cancer responds better to treatment Most of the low-risk pediatric groups respond well to systemic chemotherapy. This difference is due to the fact that children's cancer cells are undifferentiated cells, while adult cancer cells are mature cells.
4. How can childhood cancer be prevented?
Follow up and screen for families with genetic factors for cancer. Monitor secondary cancers (due to cytotoxic drugs, radiation) with children undergoing cancer treatment. Pregnant mothers need to lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid living environments exposed to toxic chemicals and wastes. Detecting abnormal signs in children such as: unexplained persistent fever, prolonged headache, weight loss, anemia, abnormal masses on the body...
5. What is the treatment for childhood cancer?
Basic understanding of childhood cancer How to treat childhood cancer with high results? Signs of oropharyngeal cancer in children
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