The impact of childhood cancer is devastating, not only for the child but for their siblings and parents too.
From the first moment of diagnosis their world will be changed forever and can never be the same again; instead of the ‘normal’ family challenges of juggling multiple commitments – getting the kids to soccer practice or ballet class – the whole family’s routine is now focused on hospital visits, test results and the challenges that cancer treatment brings.
At Children’s Cancer Institute we are determined to stop this happening. From understanding how cancer cells divide to finding out why children relapse, our world-class research projects are taking us closer to ending childhood cancer every day.
This is why research dedicated solely to childhood cancer is essential.
Kane How quickly life can change. One day Ava Barker was a happy and healthy 18-month-old, and the next, she was in hospital waiting to have a diagnosis of cancer confirmed. After noticing a rash on Ava’s body, Kirsty took her to the GP, who said it was probably just a virus and not to worry about it. The next day, Ava woke up very pale, with golf ball sized lumps under her ears. Kirsty took her to the closest hospital. Although the doctors suspected mumps, Kirsty insisted on a blood test.
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Just a few weeks before Brodie was due to give birth to Nixon, a scan showed a large lump on his head. Nixon was born with a tumour the size of Brodie’s fist on his head. Barely one week old, he underwent a five-hour operation to biopsy the tumour. An agonising week went by before Brodie and Nick received the devastating news that their baby boy had cancer.
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