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What New Treatments Can We Expect in the Future?

Originally published on November 10, 2009
Most recently updated on April 10, 2013

New Treatments

Many children’s tumor specialists are excited about treatments currently being researched and developed. They expect to see advances in several areas: less traumatic surgeries, new chemotherapeutic drugs and combinations of drugs that effectively could replace surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy with fewer side effects, treatments that marshal the body’s own immune system to kill tumor cells, and gene therapy.

Nutrition

Originally published on November 10, 2009
Most recently updated on April 10, 2013

Good nutrition is an important part of your child’s treatment. Try to deviate as little as possible from your child’s normal diet. Your child’s body needs to heal and gain strength in order to resume normal activities and undergo any treatments that may be planned.

Clinical Trials

Originally published on November 10, 2009
Most recently updated on April 10, 2013

Clinical Trials/Protocols

Your child’s doctor or treatment team may recommend that you enroll your child in a clinical trial. This is a research study of new therapies (or experimental drugs and treatments). By studying a larger collected group of children in a protocol with very exact treatment guidelines, doctors are able to draw better conclusions about how effective a treatment is and work to improve it.

Complementary Therapy and Healthy Eating

Originally published on November 10, 2009
Most recently updated on January 22, 2014

As a parent there may be times where you want more for your child than what is being offered by your child’s clinical team through standard medical care. When used in addition, or as a compliment to, traditional treatment and surgery, complimentary therapies and nutrition counseling may improve your child’s ability to cope with and tolerate treatments as well as improve physical well-being. It is critical to always discuss with your child’s team any additional therapies you may be considering.

Changes in Physical Appearance

Originally published on November 10, 2009
Most recently updated on April 10, 2013

For children (especially teenagers), self-esteem and self-confidence are often closely related to physical appearance. Changes in appearance may lead to an altered self-image.

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