Our organisation strives to make community members aware of the illness because somehow, be it through a family member or a work colleague,
a close friend or an acquaintance we are all touched by the disease.
Knowledge provides us with the power to deal with cancer, so everyone is responsible for spreading awareness.
LCCG encourages school awareness programmes as an informational tool.
We arrange medical professionals/other to share knowledge about the disease in an effort to spread awareness about specific topics.
Such topics are youth related and we want to highlight possible bad habits which should be curtailed as a preventative measure for healthier lifestyles.
In our community children with cancer do exist and have passed on as a result of late detection or lack of immediate corrective treatments being followed, in some cases.
Many youth feel that smoking or vaping for example is harmless and has zero effect on their lungs, throat or mouth.
Learning to manage stress at a young age helps our teenagers not to bottle things in and rather seek advice so they don’t make the body sick through worry.
Children need to be made aware of preventive behaviours regarding sun dangers and healthy eating and exercise which are helpful in preventing many illnesses.
We are in great need of professionals to assist us with a day or two of their time on a voluntary basis so we can work together to get the correct messages across to senior and primary students, please contact us if you would like to share your time with us.
LCCG also hosts an annual senior’s talk to share correct knowledge with our older community.
We have found that our older members would prefer to take advice from friends, neighbours, relatives, anyone other than a doctor in many cases.
There are a lot of generalisations about the disease and many of our seniors often assume that every case is exactly the same and should be treated the same way.
With age comes a lower immune system making many of our seniors more susceptible to the disease.
Many ignore the warning signs early on and resort to home remedies, where as correct and early diagnosis with appropriate treatment could help improve their life.
LCCG requests once again the assistance of professionals in the field when we are hosting such programmes to share knowledge at the level of understanding of the recipients. Do contact us if you would like to participate.
The most common types of childhood cancer are:
Leukaemia – a cancer that affects the blood cells; the two main types are acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia
Neuroblastoma – a cancer of the nerve cells involved in the development
of the nervous system.
Lymphoma – a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system; the two main types are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Sarcoma – a malignant tumour that develops in the bone, muscle or
Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells – there are over 200 different types of cancer.
Different treatments cause different side effects – short-term and long-term, listed below are just some of the possible treatments and side effects experienced
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
The drugs are most commonly given through a vein (intravenously), but
can also be given orally as tablets.
Short-term side effects may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss, mouth ulcers, sun
sensitivity and lowered immunity.
Long-term side effects may include tiredness and problems with concentration,
memory and executive functioning
Radiotherapy uses high-energy beams directed onto a specific area
to kill or damage cancer cells so they cannot multiply.
The radiation affects all cells exposed to it, but cancer cells are the most affected.
Short-term side effects may include nausea, headaches, tiredness, hair loss and reddening of the skin near the area that has been treated.
Long-term side effects may include sun sensitivity, learning difficulties, growth failure, thyroid nodules, infertility, hair loss and (rarely) a second cancer later in life.
Surgery involves the partial or total removal of a tumour.
The most common side effect is pain at the site of the operation.
Other possible side effects include infections and reactions to the anaesthetic.
Steroid therapy uses corticosteroid drugs to reduce nausea or swelling.
Short-term side effects include mood swings, fluid retention, behavioural changes, sleep problems, increased facial hair, increased thirst and appetite, muscle weakness, weight gain, stretch marks
Stem cell and bone marrow transplants
A stem cell transplant is a long, demanding process that replaces stem cells destroyed by disease,
chemotherapy or radiation (stem cells normally live in the bone marrow and give the body a constant source of blood cells).
Side effects includes lowered immunity makes the person highly susceptible to infections, particularly in the first six weeks.
Certain hormones stimulate the growth of some cancers. Hormone
therapy either blocks or removes hormones from the body to slow or
stop the growth of cancer cells.
Side effects for men may include tiredness, weight gain, hot flushes, breast tenderness,
depression and osteoporosis.
Side effects for women may include blood clots, weight gain, generalised swelling, hot
flushes and irregular menstrual periods.
Alternative therapies are unproven therapies that are used in place of
They are often promoted as ‘cancer cures’ without scientific testing.
Some alternative therapies may cause serious side effects or interfere with
conventional cancer treatment.