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CHILDHOOD CANCERS INFO SHEET

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Childhood Cancer

Revised July 2007

Childhood cancer is a rare disease. Children and adolescents with cancer differ from adults with cancer. The cancers differ in pathology, appearance, rate of growth and response to treatment. The complications of treatment can be more extensive in children due to the effects on growth and development. Although the treatment is often complex, there is a high cure rate and more effective and less toxic therapies are in constant development.

The physical and emotional needs of the child and adolescent with cancer as well as the specific treatment of the cancer are best met by a team approach directed by a children’s cancer specialist (pediatric oncologist). For these reasons, the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) and the Provincial Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Network (POHN) recommend that all patients under the age of 17 who are suspected of having, or are diagnosed with cancer should be referred directly to BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) for initial evaluation and therapy.

BC Children’s Hospital is the only tertiary referral centre for childhood cancer in the province and works in close collaboration with the BCCA. The POHN facilitates shared care between BC’s Children’s Hospital and the patient’s home community.

Click here for the referral guidelines. (http://www.bcchildrens.ca/Services/OncHemBMT/ForProfessionals/Patientreferrals.htm)Numbers to call during the day:
Clinic: 604-875-2116
Administration: 604-875-2322
After hours: 604-875-2345 and ask for oncologist on call.

Every year one child in 8,000 under the age of 17 will develop cancer (annual incidence age 0-17 = 129 per million). There are about 130 new cases diagnosed in children under age 17 each year in BC. The following table provides an overview of the most common types of childhood cancer and their incidence.

Types of Cancer Distribution of Cancer

Leukemia

30%

Brain

19%

Lymphoma

13%

Neuroblastoma

8%

Sarcoma

7%

Kidney

6%

Bone cancer

5%

Retinoblastoma

3%

Liver

1%

others

8%

Childhood cancers respond well to treatment and children with cancer have a better chance today of living a longer life than ever before. There has been a steady decline in the mortality rate for cancer of children over the last 20 years. Cure rates continue to improve by applying new knowledge gathered through basic research and its application in clinical trials. Most children referred to BCCH with cancer are placed on a clinical trial of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

For all information regarding pediatric oncology, please go to the Pediatric Oncology/Hematoloy Network website (http://www.kidscancer.bc.ca/).

Information for families can be found at this link

(http://www.bcchildrens.ca/Services/OncHemBMT/ForFamilies/default.htm)

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 28th April 2010


ALZHEIMERS DISEASE AND SOCIAL SECURITY OPTIONS

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Social Security Disability – Alzheimers Disease

Social Security Disability AlzheimersAlzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain dysfunction and the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s affects brain cells and causes cognitive difficulties including loss of memory. Alzheimer’s can significantly affect one’s ability to work. The disease causes victims to become severely forgetful, often becoming confused and lost in familiar places. If you are younger than 65 years old and have past work experience you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you or a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease call Freedom Disability today at (866) 761-5942 for a free evaluation with one of our Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to begin receiving cash benefits as soon as possible. If you have previously been denied benefits, but feel your condition makes you eligible, be sure to contact Freedom as soon as possible to begin the process of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Alzheimer’s Qualifying Symptoms

Claimants applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for Alzheimer’s are typically approved with symptoms common to dementia and many other mental health disabilities. These symptoms include:

  1. Episodes of decompensation in which there is an increase in signs and symptoms, accompanying a loss of functioning. This causes difficulties in performing everyday activities, inability to maintain social relationships, and inability to maintain concentration, persistence or pace when performing tasks.
  2. Episodes requiring an increase in treatment or relocation to a less stressful situation
  3. Medical records proving a sudden significant increase in medication or the need for a more structured psychological support system
  4. Episodes must be documented at least three episodes within one year (on average of one every four months) and lasting for at least two weeks. If your episodes differ in frequency or length, your Freedom Disability Advocate will assist you in determining if they are of equal severity.

If you feel your condition has or will prevent you from working for at least twelve consecutive months, and believe you deserve Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, call Freedom Disability today at (866) 761-5942 for a free evaluation with one of our professional Disability Advocates. Our Advocates can help determine if your condition is likely to result in a successful SSDI application. If you do qualify, we can provide you with the assistance that you need to get the benefits that you deserve. At Freedom we are experienced in submitting Alzheimer’s Disability applications and will assist you in gathering all necessary medical documents to support your claim.

The foregoing information is based on published materials from the Social Security Administration (“Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”). It is meant to serve as an introduction to some of the factors used by the SSA in evaluating cases. It is no way comprehensive. While Freedom Disability can help you prepare an effective application for benefits, only the SSA can determine whether or not you qualify. For more information call Freedom today at (866) 761-5942.