August 29, 2014
Cancer awareness is year round at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC). As we roll into September–National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month—let us be reminded of the support these children and their families need to get them through one of the most difficult challenges in their lives.
Over the next year, 90-100 Central Texas children will be diagnosed with cancer at the CBCC. Thanks to advances in pediatric cancer treatment, more than 80 percent will survive.
The CBCC staff is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of each child and adolescent served. From the moment of diagnosis, the team rallies to support both the patient and family in the journey that lies ahead.
Sickle Cell Disease
Wear “burgundy” during September for Sickle Cell Awareness Month!
Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that impacts the body’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues effectively. It’s a genetic condition that’s diagnosed with a simple blood test and most often found at birth during newborn screening test. It can also be diagnosed before birth.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important because children with SCD are at increased risk of infection and other health problems. The disease negatively affects every body system, including heart, lungs, eyes, brain, gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and even skin. The only cure for SCD is bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
During September Awareness month, the CBCC will be hosting special fun events for families and staff at the clinic. Join us and help us spread the word to “be aware!”
We hope you join us and show your awareness to these two conditions that affect our Central Texas children!