These two cancers account for 50% and 10% of childhood cancers respectively.
Why pay particular attention to Cancer in children?
Cancers in children progress very fast and will result in death within a matter of months. The encouraging news is that if diagnosed early, 70%-85% of children can be cured. Therefore it is important to suspect them, diagnose them early and institute appropriate treatment.
How would i suspect that my child may have Cancer
The specialists at the Uganda Cancer Institute have prepared a set of Warning Signs to help improve early diagnosis.
The saint siluan warning signs
Saint Siluan was a Russian monk who prayed ceaselessly for all humanity.
• Seek: Medical help early for persistent symptoms
• Eye: White spot in the eye, new squint, new blindness, bulging eyeball
• Lump: Abdomen and pelvis, head and neck, limbs, testes, glands
• Unexplained: Prolonged fever over two weeks, loss of weight , pallor, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding
• Aching: Bones, joints, back and easy fractures
• Neurological: Change or deterioration in walk, balance or speech, regression of milestones, headache for more than a week with or without vomiting, enlarging head
Childhood cancers require specialist treatment. At the Uganda Cancer Institute, we strongly recommend that any child diagnosed with cancer be treated by a specialist paediatric oncologist. In Uganda this is offered at the Uganda Cancer Institute.
Childhood cancer is also one area where it is generally accepted that private medicine is not the preferred route. To develop the expertise required, the medical team needs to see a large number of patients and the occurrence of childhood cancer is significantly less than that of adult cancer. This has led to most of all childhood cancers worldwide being treated in public sector hospitals. Children also require a far wider range of support services that are typically available at private hospitals.
Uganda Cancer Institute