In 2017 an estimated 10,270 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children from birth to 14 years in the United States, and about 1,190 children are expected to die from the disease. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month puts a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children and helps to raise funds for research and family support.
Did you know?
The major types of cancers in children ages 0 to 14 years are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and neuroblastoma, which are expected to account for more than half of new cases in 2017.
Most cancers in children, like those in adults, are thought to develop as a result of mutations in genes that lead to uncontrolled cell growth and eventually cancer.
Treatment for childhood cancer is based mainly on the type and stage (extent) of the cancer. The main types of treatment used for childhood cancer are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Some types of childhood cancers might be treated with high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. Newer types of treatment, such as immunotherapy, have also shown promise in treating some childhood cancers.
Improvements in survival for all childhood cancers combined have increased between the mid-1970s and today, with overall survival approximating 83% and some children with certain diseases approaching or exceeding 90% long-term survival.
See the benefits
Check out a guide from the National Cancer Institute developed by teens who have a brother or sister with cancer. The pamphlet includes quotes from teens about their experiences, support checklists, and a section of related organizations and resources.
Utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counseling benefit to help you and your household members cope with the impact of a child diagnosed with cancer.
Learn about LifeCare® resources for backup care, financial guidance, and help with daily needs that you may not be able to get to while tending to an ill child.
Become familiar with the Care Management Programs through Anthem and Cigna, which provide 24/7 NurseLine access as well as help understanding a diagnosis, medications/treatment options and help locating support groups.
Familiarize yourself with ConsumerMedical, which provides objective, and personalized information about any medical diagnosis or health topic. You don’t have to be enrolled in a Pearson-sponsored medical plan to access the benefit.
SEPTEMBER 26 — Emergency Preparedness
OCTOBER 24 — Mind over Money
Login to LifeCare® and use the search feature for the above options.
SEPTEMBER 20 — Suicide Awareness
OCTOBER 4 — Experiencing Mindfulness: Positive Impacts
OCTOBER 18 — Partner Violence Awareness
Visit the EAP website (Employer ID is Pearson) and select the Education and Resource section to see seminars.
Food of the Month
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. Try this colorful, quinoa salad.
Sources: American Childhood Cancer Organization; American Cancer Society; American Society of Clinical Oncology;;;; National Cancer Institute; National Institutes of Health; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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