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A kid’s journey

When children and teens are diagnosed with cancer, their whole world changes overnight. Instead of going to school, being with friends, and focusing on the tasks of growing up, they may have to suddenly cope with hospital stays, blood draws, tests, taking medicine, and having surgery or other treatments.

The first few weeks can be frightening and stressful for everyone in the family. Children and teenagers often respond to news of a cancer diagnosis with a range of emotions that reflect those of their parents. The child’s age, stage of development, and personality also affect how they react. The side effects from the cancer treatments can cause a multitude of side effects.

Below are side effects children face on a daily basis while fighting cancer.

Fatigue / Hair loss / Easy bruising and bleeding Infection / Anemia (low red blood cell counts) Nausea and vomiting / Appetite changes / Constipation / Diarrhea / Mouth, tongue, and throat problems such as sores and pain with swallowing / Peripheral neuropathy or other nerve problems, such as numbness, tingling, and pain / Skin and nail changes such as dry skin and color change / Urine and bladder changes and kidney problems / Weight changes / Chemo brain, which can affect concentration and focus / Mood changes / Changes in libido and sexual function / Fertility problems.