Download Childhood Brain & Spinal Cord Tumors A Guide for Families, by Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone PDF

By Tania Shiminski-Maher, Patsy McGuire Cullen, Maria Sansalone

Early life mind & Spinal wire Tumors, the main entire dad or mum advisor to be had, contains special and specified clinical information regarding either benign and malignant mind and spinal wire tumors that strike little ones and teens. furthermore, it deals daily functional recommendation on tips to deal with techniques, hospitalization, friends and family, tuition, social and fiscal concerns, communique, emotions and, if remedy isn't winning, the tricky problems with dying and bereavement. Woven one of the scientific information and the sensible recommendation are the voices of folks and youngsters who've lived with melanoma and its remedies. As many fogeys have already chanced on, suggestion from "veteran" mom and dad could be a lifeline. acquiring a easy figuring out of subject matters equivalent to clinical terminology, how medicinal drugs paintings, universal uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy, and the way to paintings extra successfully with clinical group of workers can in basic terms enhance the standard of lifestyles for the complete relations discomfort in addition to their baby. Having mom and dad describe their very own emotional ups and downs, how they coped, and the way they molded their relations existence round hospitalizations could be a large convenience. simply figuring out that there are different childrens on chemotherapy who refuse to devour whatever yet tacos or who've widespread rages could make one think much less on my own. mom and dad who learn this ebook will come upon clinical evidence easily defined, recommendation to ease their everyday life, and instruments to be a robust recommend for his or her baby. contains wide assets and a pull-out clinical record-keeper.

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Technological advances, including computer-assisted surgical planning, advanced imaging techniques, newer chemotherapy drugs, and focused radiation therapies, have changed that. Over the last two decades, because of these advances as well as research and participation in clinical trials (see Chapter 9, Clinical Trials), many children are now long-term survivors. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES 11 Families often discover a renewed sense of both the fragility and beauty of life after the diagnosis. Outpourings of love and support from family and friends provide comfort and sustenance.

We were at the best facility weren’t we? We were with the best doctors. It was Friday night. Who would give us a second opinion tonight? She was being admitted. Should we wait? Could we wait? We risked a stroke, death, physical impairment. I have learned since that the damage done in a rush surgery or by inexperienced hands results in handicaps that might have been prevented. I was lucky not to know this. M. a nurse called the waiting room. She was out of surgery and the neurosurgeon would be coming to talk with us.

Treatment often depends upon the location and the size of the tumor. Germ cell tumors Germ cell tumors typically grow in the pineal or suprasellar regions. There are two types of germ cell tumors: pure germinomas and non-germinoma germ cell tumors. Non-germinoma germ cell tumors secrete substances called tumor markers. Doctors can diagnose these tumors by checking the blood or CSF for two markers, called alpha fetal protein and beta HCG. Therefore, diagnosis of a non-germinoma tumor does not require surgery.

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