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Sarcoma in Children
Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with sarcoma? This tissue cancer can be difficult to detect, and the day you learn of your child’s ailment will be forever etched in your memory. Life changes radically for families of child cancer patients, but there is help and hope at TNK Children’s Foundation. Started by a family who faced the serious illness of three children, this organization provides support for other families in similar circumstances.
About Sarcoma in Children
There are around 50 different types of sarcoma. This type of cancer effects connective tissue, and sarcoma cells can be found anywhere. Most commonly, the tumors are found in bones, fat, nerves, muscles, tendons and cartilage as well as the blood vessels of arms and legs. The two primary forms of sarcoma are soft-tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma, also called “osteosarcoma.”
Your child’s prognosis will be effected by the type of sarcoma as well as the size and location of the tumor. Children with good overall health prior to diagnosis often have a better chance of full recovery. Most patients will have surgery to remove the tumor followed by further cancer treatments. The type of treatment will depend on how much cancer remains following the surgery as well as whether or not the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Your child’s doctor and oncology team will explain to you available treatment options for your child’s specific condition. The National Cancer Institute lists eight standard treatment types for sarcoma:
- Hormone therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Targeted therapy
Your child’s care team may also recommend new or experimental treatments. These options may include gene therapy as well as clinical trials for cutting-edge cancer treatment. Be sure to learn as much as possible about these options before committing to treatment. Your oncology team should be happy to answer your questions.
To learn more about sarcoma, check out the information from the National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/types/soft-tissue-sarcoma
Help from TNKCF When Your Child Has Sarcoma
TNK Children’s Foundation provides free support for families with children who are undergoing treatment for sarcoma. We understand the strain this diagnosis puts on parents, siblings and the cancer patient. Our volunteer staff provides compassionate care for families like yours. Our facility includes a clean, safe area where parents and children can relax and unwind after treatment, and we also provide a wide range of practical assistance to families with children undergoing cancer treatment.
As your child goes through treatment, financial difficulties can turn a stressful time into a seemingly insurmountable situation. TNKCF provides practical assistance in the form of chef-prepared meals, ready-to-cook food and household items. Through the generosity of our donors, we also provide families with items such as gas cards and gift cards to area restaurants.
Children who are ill and their siblings often miss out on many common childhood and teen activities, so TNKCF offers recreational options such as dance classes and arts-and-craft days. We work hard at maintaining a clean, germ-free environment so patients and their families can join us for events such as barbecues and teen nights out.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your family during your child’s battle with sarcoma.