Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood cells. The body makes too many white blood cells, and the cells do not act normally. Over time they crowd out the normal blood cells. There are many different kinds of leukemia. The type of treatment your child receives depends on the type of leukemia he or she has.
Leukemia is usually treated with medicines called chemotherapy. Your child may also need radiation treatments or a procedure called a bone marrow transplant. Your doctor will talk to you about what type of leukemia your child has and what kinds of treatment may be best for him or her.
When you find out that your child has cancer, you and your child may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make you and your child feel better while he or she goes through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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