One of the biggest fears for a parent is to hear these four words, your child has cancer.
It’s a deadly nightmare where doctors and researchers alike are working around the clock to find a cure.
Until that day, there’s a four letter word that helps curb the pain, hope.
The month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, more than fifteen thousand kids and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year.
That’s about forty-two children a day.
At Carilion Children’s, they focus on trying to keep the child’s life as normal as possibly while they are going through treatment.
Types of cancers doctors see here in the area are leukemia, brain tumors, and other types of tumors.
Depending on the type of cancer, there are may signs and symptoms a parent can look out for including fatigue.
Doctors at Carilion Children’s will link up parent’s who have kids going through cancer, to give the family support outside of the hospital.
Doctors say if you do suspect something is not right, head to your family physician first.