Altınbaş University Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Dr. Tunç Fışgın gave information about childhood cancers. Stating that the most common types are blood cancer (leukemia), brain tumors and lymph node cancers (lymphoma), Fışgın states that these tumors of nervous origin (neuroblastoma) originating in the abdomen, kidney tumor (Willms), bone tumors (Ewing / Osteosarcoma) and eye tumors (retinoblastoma) followed.
3 THOUSAND CHILDREN ARE DIAGNOSED OF CANCER PER YEAR
Prof. Dr. Tunç Fışgın gave the following information about the symptoms of child cancer:
“Long-term fever that does not respond to infection treatment, hard and growing lymph nodes that do not respond to antibiotic treatment, nose and gum bleeding, rapid and unexplained bruises in the body, sudden loss of appetite and accompanying weight loss, persistent headache, intra-abdominal, Symptoms such as newly formed masses in the arms and legs may indicate children’s cancers. In the presence of these findings, it is necessary to consult a family doctor or pediatrician. “
MORE THAN 80 PERCENT COMPLETE TREATMENT CAN BE PROVIDED
Stating that a multi-disciplinary approach is essential in the treatment of childhood cancers, Prof. Dr. Fışgın said, “Patients are managed by multiple minds formed by councils that include pediatric hematology, pathology, pediatric surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and other disciplines when necessary. When necessary, different internal or surgical departments also participate in the councils and contribute to the exchange of views on patient management. With the decision of the council, different treatment options such as chemotherapy, surgical treatment, radiotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies can be used, ”he said.
Prof. Dr. Tunç Fışgın stated that, with differences according to subgroups in childhood cancers, over 80 percent of leukemias and 60-70 percent of general cancers can be cured.
PROTECTION FROM CHILDHOOD CANCERS
Explaining the things to be considered in order to be protected from childhood cancers, Prof. Dr. Fışgın said, “A balanced and natural diet for a healthy life, exercise suitable for the age group, adequate rest are recommended for our children as well as for everyone. It is also important to avoid industrial packaged foods as much as possible, to encourage the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits, to follow a balanced process regarding competitive exams that create intense stress, and to protect the child from unnecessary excessive stress ”. Fışgın emphasized that the most basic early diagnosis methods are for the family to follow the development of the child and to listen to the complaints and to consult a physician when unexplained complaints are encountered.