Category: Parent tips


Get involved, get inspired, together we can make it happen.

By Joyce Vazq,

Reader’s digest created a space for parents with kids with cancer; they interview 5 parents, each of whom had a child diagnosed with cancer. Fighters, activist, heroes, and their inspiring stories of courage and bravery that can give us perspective on how strong and capable we can be if we get together and fight together as  … Read more

What is Chemo Brain?

By Joyce Vazq,

  The webpage Oncology Nurse Advisor, published last March 14, 2018, an article about Managing Chemo Brain in Pediatric Survivors of Childhood Cancer that we believe it’s common for kids undergoing chemo. But…   What is Chemo brain? Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can  … Read more

Genome sequencing of cancer survivors.

By Joyce Vazq,

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital completed the first whole-genome sequencing of cancer survivors and the conclusions where that 12% of childhood cancer survivors carry germline mutations that put them at increased risk of developing cancer later in life. Researchers recommended expanding genetic screening and counseling to: Childhood cancer survivors who have been diagnosed with second cancers  … Read more

Neuroendocrine Tumors.

By Joyce Vazq,

Name: Neuroendocrine tumors. Childhood Cancer Name: Neuroendocrine tumors, carcinoid tumors, NET. Main types: Appendiceal NETs or Appendix carcinoids (a pouch that sticks out from the first part of the large intestine near the end of the small intestine) his is the most common neuroendocrine tumor in children. Lung NETs or Bronchial carcinoids Small bowel NETs Large bowel  … Read more

Tracking Mobile APP For Carcinoid Tumors.

By Joyce Vazq,

Carcinoid NETs Health Storylines is an application developed in partnership with the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation. It’s completely free and makes it easy to record your symptoms, nutritional concerns (record food reactions), moods, medication reminder, and more. The app is available in 7 countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom*.  … Read more

The Role of nutrition in pediatric cancer patients.

By Joyce Vazq,

  After her son was diagnosed with cancer at age 11, Danielle Cook, MS, launched herself into better understanding which foods might best help him during treatment and then, as a cancer survivor, for life beyond. Today she runs Happily hungry, a nutrition program for young cancer patients, adolescent cancer survivors, their parents, family, and  … Read more

Raining in my heart.

By Joyce Vazq,

Raining in my heart is a documentary released the last November of 2017 by real stories, of three children who enrolled in cancer research clinical trials in Britain. With all the conventional treatment exhausted, these kids are offered to try immunotherapy. Sophie Ryan-Palmar (12 years old), whose cancer came back four times, Fabian Bates (11  … Read more

Obesity and Childhood Cancer.

By Joyce Vazq,

Jennifer a pediatric nurse dedicated to raising awareness for all types of cancer published a small note in The oncology nursing news about the increased risk of developing obesity-related cancer in overweight or obese adults who are childhood cancer survivors. She explains that higher amounts of body fat cause chronic inflammation in the body, this  … Read more

Use your intuition.

By Joyce Vazq,

The story of Rachael Au Hoon, a resident of Waikapu, Hawaii it’s a reminder of how parents agonize when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Her 3-year-old daughter Kahalau, was diagnosed with stage 3 neuroblastoma after a period of becoming weak, not being able to walk in a straight line, random episodes of fever and the feeling  … Read more