Hearing that you child has leukemia is traumatizing. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of the most common forms of childhood Leukemias. Parents can find reassurance in knowing that with modern medicine, ALL is a treatable illness, and many children survive and continue to live healthy lives. This video helps parents understand the five stages of ALL treatment, looks into the lives of children undergoing treatment, and suggests ways families can find the emotional support needed during this difficult time. This video does not constitute medical advice, and is not meant to be used or relied upon by anyone without additional guidance and supervision from a qualified physician. Do not perform the procedures described in this video unless your child's physician has reviewed this video and provides you with specific instructions and directions about performing these procedures.
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What makes Emily unique is that by age three her golden [brown] locks were long enough to be made into a wig for a child with cancer. As Emily states in the video, "just cut some off and give it to a kid". What an incredible lesson to learn from a 3 year old, when we have lots of something - don't hold onto it, give it away to someone else who needs it more. Emily James is just your typical little 3 year old princess. She loves nail polish, frilly dresses and when she can get her hands on it, mums lipstick. Her favourite movie is Tangled and she is especially fond of her Rapunzel dolly, which is why 'Dolly' got a hair cut too. When Emily said she would let Uncle Matthew cut her hair, she insisted that he would cut 'Dolly's' hair first.
It was Mommy and Daddy that suggested the idea to Emily to cut her hair and donate it for cancer wigs. They sat down and explained to
R.J. Agostinelli was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in the summer of 2008. After months of treatment, he is finally ready to go back to school as a fifth grader. Listen as he tells his amazing story!
Jennifer Mack, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Inpatient Oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, talks about the rate of relapse in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).