Subject: anything else?
My 12 year old son was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in September and has undergone 7 rounds of chemo so far (7 more to go).
The tumor was found in his toe and they have surgically removed the toe. He has seen a few naturopaths that have put him on lots of supplements and we do a lot of alternative therapies, including changing our diet.
He is doing well, but I just want to know if there is anything else we can do for his specific type of cancer. They found spots on his lungs, but they are tiny (1-3 mm), and they remained exactly the same size after 6 rounds of chemo so they think maybe it’s something else (scarring, etc.?). They want to do radiation but I am fighting that, especially if they can’t prove the spots on his lungs are cancerous. It would be nice to talk with you about any other therapies, etc. I can go into more detail on what we are doing as well, but wasn’t sure if this was the place I was to do that?
Thanks so much!!
“When a child is treated for cancer, conditions can develop later in life that stem from that treatment. These “late effects” vary from child to child and depend largely on the kind of treatment received. Radiation and the drugs used in chemotherapy damage normal cells as well as the cancer cells, and over the long term that can have an effect on the brain, which may result in learning difficulties. Other late side effects may impair hearing and vision and growth and development, as well as have an effect on the the heart, respiratory system, and other organs.
Children can also develop second cancers. For example, some chemotherapy drugs can cause leukemia, or a new cancer can develop at the site of radiation therapy. In addition, there is always the possibility of a recurrence of Ewing’s sarcoma.”