The earlier the stage at diagnosis, the better the chances of eradication. The type of cancer also determines recovery. Some cancers are more aggressive than others and different children may react to the same illness differently. Ask your oncologist to explain further about your child’s condition.
Chemotherapy drugs, blood and blood products, CT and MRI Scans, transport allowances, supportive services (prosthetics, admission and discharge packs), counselling and support groups. These services are also offered on an individualised basis according to need. Kidzcan is striving to ensure that all services are available within the public health system, therefore only outsources those services not available in the public health system.Kidzcan does not cover hospital bills, the parent/caregiver is advised to make a payment plan with the hospital accounts department or engage with the social welfare department if need be.
There is no documented evidence yet which shows that alternative therapies work. Hospital treatment has been proven to be effective so it is encouraged to visit the nearest health care provider early to seek early treatment.
The best way is to call the Kidzcan landline: 04-293 4168. This will ensure that you get in touch with an officer who is on duty at all times.
5 What if my child requires emergency treatment whilst at home? (What if my child falls sick at home?)
Go with the child to the nearest health care provider, be it a rural health centre, council clinic or nearest hospital. Do not ignore signs of illness in your child in the hope that it will get better as the days go by. A referral will then be made to your usual oncologist if the illness is related to the child’s cancer.
Often termed ‘tender, loving care’; it is term loosely used in reference to care of a terminally ill person. For children it then becomes: paediatric palliative care. The utmost comfort of the child is ensured, prioritising effective pain management and good communication skills. Respect for the family wishes and spiritual preference is also considered.
No. Kidzcan works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Currently Parirenyatwa and Mpilo Hospitals are the only referral hospitals where children with cancer are admitted, investigated and treated. Kidzcan encounters children who have been referred to these hospitals, but is working exceptionally hard to ensure that all children from the nation access this specialised care via early detection and awareness campaigns and reinforcing the referral system in the districts.
They may be continued on chemotherapy if there is need. Discuss with your doctor all the available options. Kidzcan can assist in the sourcing and payment of prosthetic limbs.