Lymphoma In Children | Information And Helpful Resources
Lymphoma in Children
Has your child recently been diagnosed with lymphoma? The day you hear this kind of news will burn into your memory forever, but there is hope. TNK Children’s Foundation exists to help the families of children with cancer and blood disorders. Our volunteer-run organization is operated by a mother who has walked in your shoes, caring for three children with critical illnesses. Many of the families we help end up becoming volunteers, and some of our volunteers are survivors of childhood cancer and other illnesses.
About Childhood Lymphoma
Lymphoma, a disease of the lymphatic system, comes in two forms: Hodgkin lymphoma (also called “Hodgkin disease”) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). While children can be diagnosed with Hodgkin disease, children, especially under the age of 15, are more commonly diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. TNKCF works with families of children with both conditions.
Children with lymphoma often experience painful symptoms prior to diagnosis. This may include enlarged lymph nodes, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, night sweats, unexplained fever or weight loss.
The chance of survival for children with lymphoma depends on a number of factors such as the type of lymphoma and how early the cancer is detected. If the cancer has not spread to organs beyond the lymph nodes, prognosis can be very good.
Your child’s doctor and oncology team can explain to you the various treatment options for lymphoma in children. Treatment will also vary depending on how far the cancer has spread and your child’s overall health prior to diagnosis. Current treatment options include
- Radiation treatments
- Targeted treatments
- Surgery to remove tumor(s)
- Intensive chemotherapy combined with stem cell treatments
To learn more about lymphoma in children as well as available treatment options, visit the website for the National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/types/lymphoma
TNKCF Helps After a Lymphoma Diagnosis
TNK Children’s Foundation provides a full range of loving support for the families of kids with lymphoma. We understand the financial stress placed on families when a child receives this diagnosis, and we offer our assistance free of charge. Available assistance includes support staff and counselors who will listen in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Our facilities include a family center located within easy driving distance of Children’s Mercy Hospital, and we keep the café, library, play area and craft room sanitized for the safety of your cancer patient.
To help alleviate the financial stress on the families we help, we provide chef-prepared meals and other food stuffs while children are going through treatment. When a family comes to pick up food, we also provide household goods and hygiene items such as shampoo, anti-bacterial soap, toothpaste and toilet paper. Our generous donors often provide us with gas cards and other gift cards that we share with our families.
Kids going through cancer treatment and their siblings often miss out on the activities other children enjoy. TNKCF provides dance classes and other activities for your children and teens. We also offer frequent family events and other social gatherings free of charge in our safe, sanitary family center.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your family during your child’s battle with lymphoma.