Keeping your child healthy during cancer remission

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This factsheet from US website familydoctor.org offers some information and tips for parents when their child finishes treatment.

Whether your child is in partial or complete remission, you may have questions like ‘what do I do next?’ and fears like ‘what if the cancer comes back?’

This article covers some topics including:

  • Nutrition and exercise,
  • Keeping records of your child’s treatment, and
  • Late effects.

To end this resources suggests Questions to ask your doctor such as:

  1. What kinds of symptoms should I look for that mean I should call you?
  2. What doctors should my child see now that the cancer is gone?
  3. How often will he or she see a doctor?
  4. What can be done to address my child’s problems (pain, fatigue, etc.) after treatment?
  5. How long until my child feels like his or her old self again?

Although remission is a good thing, and something you’ve probably hoped for, many families still find this time challenging. Cancer survivors will need to be monitored for the rest of their lives. They may experience late effects soon after their treatment, or many many years later.

This webpage also accessed information from Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment – which is powered by the NAtional Cancer Institute, a government organisation in the US. Facing Forward is 68-page booklet that was published in March 2018.

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on life after cancer, but we are always looking for more content. Join our community to recommend a resource, contribute content, or share your personal story. 

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