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Managing Side Effects
Chemotherapy for Children
Chemotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. In most cases, it works by interfering with cancer cells' ability to grow or reproduce.
Increasing Calories and Protein
Children with cancer need protein to help the body repair itself. Adequate calories are needed to heal and to prevent weight loss.
Managing Alopecia in Children
Hair loss is a common side effect of most forms of chemotherapy. Younger children may not be bothered by hair loss, but the school-aged child or teenager may be devastated.
Managing Bone Marrow Suppression in Children
Nearly all chemotherapy drugs affect the number of blood cells in the body. When the number drops, the risk for anemia, fatigue, infection, and bleeding increases.
Managing Mucositis in Children
Mucositis can be a very troublesome and painful side effect of chemotherapy. Common symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal cramping or tenderness.
Nutritional Requirements for a Child With Cancer
Good nutrition is vital for children being treated for cancer, yet these young patients often have poor appetites.
Pain Management and Children
When a child has cancer, one of his or her greatest fears is pain. Every effort should be made to ease the pain during the treatment process.