There are other side effects which are specific to the drugs used (refer to the 'Drugs used' section).
Cancer is not Contagious and cannot spread by contact. The most important part of the whole treatment process is to ensure that the child lives in a clean place and is given proper nutrition. Infections are a major cause of concern and can delay the recovery process. It is important for the parent to keep a close watch on the child and to immediately call the doctor or visit the hospital when the child has the following :
Maintaining good daily hygiene is essential to avoid infections and the following should be followed at all times :
A healthy nutritious diet is very important in helping the child cope with the disease and treatment. Professional assistance from a dietician or nutritionist can be taken to provide a balanced diet.
Parents as well as children face emotional issues. It is important for the parents to be strong and take the support of their family and friends. They must understand that the disease is curable, in most cases.
Children can sense the truth as they overhear discussions and pick up bits and pieces of information. They are very perceptive about their parent’s feelings and can get more frightened and stressed.
Parents must explain to the child, and if required seek the assistance of the doctors, about the disease and that it is not their fault and neither one could have done anything to prevent the disease from happening.
Children must be made to understand the side effects of the medicines, especially that the hair lost during treatment will grow back. They should not be kept in isolation and must interact and play with other family members, siblings and friends.
"A happy mind ensures a better recovery".