Donate to Pediatric Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education
Cancer is an umbrella term covering various diseases that are characterized by abnormal cells that reproduce indefinitely, causing detrimental growths called tumors. Cancerous cells can also spread, or metastasize, from one part of the body to another.
Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation ensures we will continue to provide treatment for various pediatric cancers via our nationally-recognized staff of pediatric oncology specialists. These specialists apply leading-edge childhood cancer treatments and provide emotional support for parents with children afflicted with cancer. These specialists treat and diagnose several forms of cancer and blood diseases in children including anemia, brain tumors, hemophilia, leukemia, lymphoma, platelet and coagulation abnormalities, solid tumors, sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and white cell disorders.
A cancer diagnosis is difficult, as cancers share many symptoms with other conditions, and different forms of cancer each have distinct symptoms of their own. However, The Pediatric Oncology Resource Center has compiled a list of general symptoms under the acronym “CHILD CANCER.” These are:
- Continued, unexplained weight loss
- Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
- Increased swelling or persistent pain in the bones, joints, back or legs
- Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis or armpits
- Development of excessive bruising, bleeding or rash
- Constant, frequent or persistent infections
- A whitish color behind the pupil
- Nausea that persists or vomiting without nausea
- Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
- Eye or vision changes that occur suddenly and persist
- Recurring or persistent fevers of unknown origin
When a child exhibits one or more of these symptoms, he/she should seek medical attention as soon as possible. An early detection exponentially increases the chance of successfully eliminating cancer. When you contribute to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, a part of your gift enables physicians on staff to catch these symptoms to make an early diagnosis.
Cancer and blood disorders can develop at any time in a person’s life, regardless of age, but children require special treatment, in part due to children’s underdeveloped bodies. Further, coping with a cancer diagnosis is especially difficult for children because they does not possess the emotional maturity to help them cope with the gravity of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. When you give to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you are helping us to continue to provide an extra level of expert care, both medical and emotional, for these children and their families.
There are several treatments available to deal with pediatric cancers, though the options available to a given patient is always dependent on the patient’s health and the extent of the damage caused by cancer. These options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, coagulation replacement therapy, proton therapy for brain tumors, and surgical removal of cancerous cells or tumors.
Pediatric Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Medical advancements have been made thanks to clinical trials in which patients suffering from cancer can pursue better treatments while also helping the medical industry develop new and better techniques and medicines for future patients. Clinical trials and donations to fund research, treatment, and equipment are the best ways you can help Northwestern Medicine continue to provide their excellent medical services and expand on those services in the future.