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What are the most common reasons to hospitalize a child?
The most common reasons for hospitalization of children and adolescents, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services are: pneumonia, asthma, acute bronchitis, fluid and electrolyte disorders, appendicitis, affective disorders (primarily depression), epilepsy, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, and noninfectious gastroenteritis.
What are the side effects of cancer treatment?
There is a long list of side effects from cancer treatment that can vary depending on the type of treatment (chemotherapy/radiation/surgery, etc), the severity of the cancer, and an individual's own unique physical and psychological variables. The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hearing loss, hair loss, decreased sex drive and fertility, diarrhea, constipation, skin and nail changes, anemia, appetite loss, bleeding and bruising, memory and concentration problems, mouth and throat problems, and disturbed sleep.
Does cancer treatment stop the spread of cancer?
Yes and no. There are many variables, including how early someone is diagnosed, how far the cancer has spread, how the body reacts to treatments, etc. Cancer treatments CAN stop the spread of cancer, but it is not guaranteed, and it does not mean the cancer cannot come out of remission later. As with any post-treatment scenario, regular consultations with a physician can increase the chances of keeping cancer, or any other disease, in check.
Do alternative cancer treatments work?
Alternative cancer treatments are a source of much debate. Alternative treatments have been known to have positive effects on cancer patients in a complementary manner, but there is no scientific or medical evidence that proves alternative therapies can cure cancer. While some provide relief and offer real benefits, some alternative therapies are not safe and can cause harmful side effects.
Proton therapy, also known as proton beam therapy, is a form of radiation treatment. The advantage of proton therapy is the physician can control where the proton releases the bulk of its cancer-fighting energy. As the protons move through the body, they slow and interact with electrons, releasing energy. The highest energy release point is called the “Bragg Peak.,” which a doctor can designate, causing the most damage to the targeted tumor cells, while sparing healthy tissue and organs.
How successful is current cancer treatment technology?
The rapidly advancing technologies and capabilities of modern medicine, especially in cancer research, makes cancer survivability the highest it has ever been. Proton therapy is the latest technological advance and has had very high success rates.
What is the most effective cancer treatment?
The most effective forms of cancer treatments are radiation therapy, proton therapy, and chemotherapy. These may be used individually or together, in various combinations, and might include surgery.
What are the most common forms of cancer?
The most common cancer in the United States is breast cancer. The national cancer Institute anticipates more than 250,000 new diagnoses of breast cancer in 2017. Next is lung cancer, with more than 220,000 new diagnoses projected for 2017. Prostate cancer, which tops the list of cancer in men, is expected to grow by approximately 161,000 new cases in 2017. These three are followed by colon and rectal, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, bladder, kidney, leukemia (all types), and endometrial cancer.
Cancer cells are cells that divide at abnormal rates within the body. While all cells in the body divide as part of the natural repair process in the body, cancer cells divide at elevated rates, can cause hard tumors, and can flood the blood with abnormal cells. There are several methods of treating cancer cells, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery.
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cells in the body, and is most often used to treat cancer. There are many different chemotherapy drugs available that can be used alone or combined with other drugs and/or treatments to treat a wide variety of cancers. Though chemotherapy is an effective way to treat many types of cancer, it also carries a risk of side effects. Some are mild and treatable, while others can cause serious complications.