Early Childhood Cancer Detection
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Our daughter Yvonne went months of being sick. We were at the doctor at least once or twice a week. Doctors from the Emergency Department, Urgent Care, and her Primary Care doctor would tell us she had strep throat or tonsillitis. NOT one of the physicians she seen performed any kind of testing. There were no strep cultures, there was no blood work done of any kind from November of 2016 to March 2017. All they ever did was give her different antibiotics and tell her “rest and get plenty of fluids.”
Yvonne had a lot of signs and symptoms showing she had some form of cancer. Yvonne battled weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, bone and joint pain, anemia, she was constantly pale, low grade fever that never went away, and a soft tissue mass that was purple in color on her right breast. Once again Yvonne was taken in to the Emergency Department because she was coughing up blood. The on-call pediatric physician that night got all the information of what Yvonne had been going through for months.
The physician knew that this was not normal. She ordered labs; once the blood work had returned, Yvonne’s WBC (white blood cell) count was over 81,000. Normal range for WBC count is 4,500 to 10,000 per microliter. Yvonne was diagnosed with cancer on March 19, 2017, she was the rushed to the local children’s hospital to start receiving chemotherapy treatment. On March 21, 2017 Yvonne was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). For the next 13 months Yvonne underwent countless chemotherapy treatments, infections, surgeries and bone marrow transplant. Yvonne’s body did not take to the transplant even though it was a 10/10 match. She developed Graph vs. Host Disease (GvHD). Yvonne passed away on April 30, 2018.
If we had earlier detection, it could save other children whom are diagnosed to late. This petition is to protect our children! Our children should have routine lab work done like adults do. This would help the survival rate of pediatric cancer, it should be medically required by law if a child has flu like symptoms for more that 2 weeks to have blood work done.
Most hear childhood cancer is rare. It is NOT rare!
• 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.
• Each year nearly 100,000 children die from cancer that is under the age of 15 years. That’s almost 250 children dying every day.
• Every 3 minutes somewhere in the world a child is diagnosed with cancer.
• Cancer is the #1 killer of our children
• NCI (National Cancer Institute) only provides 4% of government funding to childhood cancer research 96% to adult cancer.
• Two-thirds of those who do survive face a late-effect from treatment that is classified as severe or life-threating.
• Only 4 drugs have ever been approved by the FDA for pediatric cancer treatment.
• No new drugs have been approved since the 1980’s.
Children need to be tested on a regular basis. I urge you to help us take ACTION for our children. Make it routine for children to have bi-annual or annual blood work done.
Urge physicians to recognize the signs and symptoms of cancer in children.
Childhood cancer doesn’t discriminate! You never think it will be your child until you hear those devastating words “Sorry, but your daughter/son has cancer.”
Help us make sure our children are being taken care of. Help us fight against this horrible disease!
Children deserve so much more! We are their support, their voice, and their advocate. Let’s give children a fighting chance with early detection of childhood cancer.
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