According to the Dana Farber Institute at Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, "Ovarian tumors account for one percent of all malignant tumors found in children between birth and age 17."
The cure rate is much higher than those diagnosed as adults. At Dana Farber 100% of the ovaries are saved so these young girls can be fertile someday.
Perhaps many of you are familiar with the following two cases of Natalie Cosman and Paige LaRoas. Natalie was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The young girl was having severe stomach pains. The doctors first treated her for constipation, and then in the ER she was sent for a CT scan believing the pain was from her appendix. That is when a 7cm cyst on one of her ovaries was discovered.
Paige LaRosa was diagnosed with ovariian cancer when 11 years old. Her symptoms were extreme fatigue and loss of appetite. Unfortunatley her ovaries were not saved nor were any eggs harvested. https://www.findatopdoc.com/Women-s-Health/Two-Brave-Young-Girls-Overcome-Ovarian-Cancer
|Newsweek Bradley Lowery|
The most common cancers in our youth are:
Brain and spinal cord tumors
Our youth with cancer face different challenges than we adults. Fertility and hormones is a major one. Their sense of self-esteem due to hair loss, fatigue, and other chemotherapy side effects might be compromised. The days in the hospital and frequent doctor appointments can well interfere with their social life. Normal activities may be too much due to fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea. Some suffer from lower self-esteem due to their body image and if their illness is causing major financial concerns, they might feel guilty or responsible.
|Ethan Jostad Foundation|
Yet, it is amazing how resilient our youth can be. They are often courageous and can smile or laugh. Certainly they have their times of sorrow and fear.
Once they have finished treatment, many of them develop a greater sensitivity tothe needs of others, have improved relationships, and a greater world view.
Here are some resources and groups available for our young:
https://www.lls.org/ (Leukemia and lymphoma society)
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