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INVESTIGATING TREATMENTS
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WHY CHILDREN WITH CANCER NEED PROTECTION

Children with cancer need special protection because some oncologists do not tell parents the whole truth about their pediatric cancer treatments.

For example, treatments for some pediatric cancers have been judged to be ineffective and toxic by oncologists. But, despite these admissions, many of these failed treatments continue to be administered to newly diagnosed children.

In addition, parents are often not told that pediatric cancer treatments have not undergone the same level of scientific scrutiny as adult therapies. For instance, many chemotherapy drugs that are used to treat children’s cancer or other diseases are not FDA approved for children or for treating that cancer or disease. In fact, for some pediatric cancers there is no agreed upon “standard of care.” As a result, some pediatric oncologists may modify radiation or drug dosages without appropriate safeguards or oversight. This information may not be shared with parents.

The statistics pediatric oncologists quote to parents may also be misleading. For example, the benchmark oncologists often use to measure their success in treating cancers is termed a “response rate.” Although a “response” means the cancer volume decreased, this measure can have little to do with a child’s length of survival or their quality of life.

As a result of these practices, some parents may not be told the whole truth, and some children, may be administered cancer treatments that injure them, do not extend their life, or shorten their life.

For examples how cancer treatments for children can be toxic, carcinogenic or ineffective read about CHEMOTHERAPY or RADIATION.

Read about INVESTIGATING TREATMENTS WITH MEDLINE.

 

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