|Cancer is not a disease that any parent would want to befall their child. Although early detection is the best method of curing it, but if it is found in a child that hasn’t even reached puberty yet, it not only becomes an issue of the child, but the whole family.
Cancer treatment is quite expensive and the side effects it may cause a child that is still growing is of quite some concern. The types of cancers that have been found to infect children include leukemia, osteosarcoma, lymphoma, retinoblastoma, and even brain cancer. A child can be infected by cancer from when still in the womb. As many of a baby’s cells are still developing, there is always a probability that the undeveloped cells can become cancerous.
As mentioned before, brain cancer is one of the types of this lethal illness that can affect children. Brain cancer is extremely dangerous in children as the cancer cells cause pressure in the skull. Although a child’s skull can still grow to accommodate the growth of the brain, cancer cells tend to grow faster than healthy cells and if not dealt with immediately can spread to other parts of the body causing further complications. The symptoms that a child with brain cancer may show include constant headaches, nausea, problems with balance and sudden loss of consciousness.
Until now there is still no clear reason as to why a child can get be contract brain cancer from birth. Some of the factors thought to bring about brain cancer in children are genetics and an unhealthy lifestyle of the parents.
If detected in a child, brain cancer should be treated immediately. The brain is the most important organ in the body and an obstruction to a child’s brain affects their overal growth and development. As a parent, it is strongly advised to pay close attention to any symptoms your child may show. The quicker brain cancer is detected, the easier it is to cure. Many cancer patients that can not be cured are due to late detection.
Brain cancer treatment
It has long been believed that the only option to cure brain cancer is through a lobotomy or open skull brain surgery. Undergoing a lobotomy is one of the best methods to remove cancerous cells in the brain, yet it is a high risk procedure. Any mishaps during brain surgery can cause permanent damage to the brain and as a child’s skull is smaller than that of a humans, a surgeon has less room for error.
If the surgery is successful, the child will then have to endure a long period of post surgery recovery in ICU. A child can become restless having to spend too long in ICU, where they are not allowed to go outside and interaction with people is very limited. If they get stressed recovery becomes much longer. Parents are required to give full support when their child is in ICU recovery to help improve the child’s healing.
With today’s continuous development in medical technology, there is now a new noninvasive method for curing brain cancer in children. Gamma Knife Radiosurgery is one of the latest methods of dealing with brain related deformations with minimum complications. Although Gamma Knife uses high levels of radiation, it is highly focused to one area and only affects the targeted location without harming surrounding healthy tissue or the patients all round health. Because of the noninvasive nature of this procedure it is one of the best alternative methods of treatment for children with brain cancer. Not only that, there is no need for long a long stay in ICU post surgery recovery either.
Gamma Knife is commonly found in developed countries to treat many different types of brain complications. Brain cancer is one of the brain related illnesses that Gamma Knife is able to treat. As the treatment is noninvasive it is far less risky than brain surgery and it can also be used along with other brain cancer treatments without causing complications.
Gamma Knife Technology
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery may at a glance seem familiar to conventional radiotherapy used to treat other types of cancer, but the difference is in the precision of this new technology offers. Unlike radiosurgery which uses a large source of radiation to shot the body with gamma rays, Gamma Knife utilises a number of tiny laser beams that focus on one particular spot. Because of the high precession that this technology offers, no healthy cells are affected and patients are free from the side effects that radiotherapy are known to cause.
To determine which part of the brain is affected by cancer and as to not damage any healthy cells, patients that will undergo Gamma Knife Radiosurgery will need to undergo various diagnostic tests which include MRI, CT scan and digital angiographic subtraction to get a clear picture of the cancer. At Gamma Knife Center Indonesia, a team of specialists from surgeons, oncologists and medical physicists work together to offer patients the best possible treatment.
Although Gamma Knife may use a higher level of radiation compared to radiotherapy, it will not cause the side effects accustomed to radiation treatment. Your child will not experience baldness, nausea and more importantly there will be no loss of their cognitive or motoric skills or coordination. Another benefit of Gamma Knife is that the treatment can be done in one day. A patient can come in the morning, undergo treatment and go back home in the afternoon.