No child should suffer from cancer. Having a child diagnosed with cancer is one of the worst nightmare a parent can face. But we can overcome it together. It is a wide spectrum of issues especially for parents who are raising a child with cancer: from having a trusting doctor, to having a basic understanding of what your child is going through to providing proper caregiving and having the support to handle the emotional distress of the family.

In this session of PCC: #AskTheExpert Live Chat, we are going to help parents understand more on childhood cancer, what is it all about and how treatable are these form of cancers. Dr Le Le Aung has more than 13 years of experience in providing individualized care to the young children and young adolescents with various cancers. Prior to joining PCC, Dr. Aung worked in the Departments of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at National University Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

JOIN US in this online event page and post your questions and experiences on this very wall if you have any questions to discuss, or any experience to share with fellow parents on your own experiences so that we can learn from them.

Dr Aung will join the discussion on this wall at
Date: 24 July 2013, Wednesday
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:00pm
Place: Online, on this event wall

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Recap for #ASK THE EXPERT Session (24 July 2013) with Consultant Dr Le Le Aung

 

Q1. Women who had cancer as girls have difficulty getting pregnant, is that true?
In general, in girls who have reached puberty, i.e. those who have started their menses, if they receive certain chemotherapy drugs, they will be at a higher risk for infertility. But it is important to know that NOT all girls who receive chemotherapy will have difficulty getting pregnant. We have many young ladies who had cancer as a child, who have had many healthy children themselves naturally.

 

Q2. As there is a greater incidence of birth defects with older parents, is there also a greater risk for childhood cancers?
Thank you for the question. It is well known that women who give birth at a later age (40’s and above) have higher risk pregnancies and that birth defects are more common than younger Moms.

The most common birth defect is Down’s syndrome or Trisomy 21. This is caused by having an extra copy of chromosome 21.

Down’s syndrome babies are at a higher risk for getting cancers, especially leukemia, a blood cancer. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) are the 2 common cancers. The risk of ALL in a Down’s baby is at least 10 times more common and AML is at least 50 times more common. But they have less risk of solid tumors.

 

Q3. I have heard of a parent getting tongue cancer after a year of looking after a child with ALL. How is this related? What is the chance of another sibling having cancer?
That’s an interesting question. I don’t believe that caring after the child actually caused the parent to have a cancer. There is a familial cancer syndrome called Li-Fraumeni Syndrome where we find that various family members will have cancers- e.g an aunt with breast cancer, a nephew with a sarcoma etc. For the second question, if one of the babies with an identical twin has ALL, the other twin’s chance of getting ALL is more than 90%. There is no such link in other cancers and siblings developing a cancer.



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