International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day

Cancer is one of the most dreadful ailments. Children are expected to enjoy the pristine years of their life learning and playing. Imagine the plight of the innocent souls whose bodies are infested with cancer cells. The plight of their parents is unfathomable.


Children with cancer are at risk for developing various cognitive or learning problems. These difficulties may be due to the brain injury stemming from cancer itself such as a brain tumour or central nervous system metastasis or the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.


Children with cancer should be monitored and assessed for these neuropsychological deficits during and after treatment. The most common cancers affecting children are leukaemia, brain tumours and lymphomas.


The treatment in children is limited to chemoradiotherapy. The cytotoxicity of chemotherapy can result in immediate and long term treatment raised comorbidities. For children undergoing treatment for high-risk cancer more than 80% experience life-threatening or fatal toxicity as a result of the treatment.


Childhood cancer survivors are at high risk for developing adverse effects on kidneys and liver. They are more susceptible to hepatitis.


Premature heart disease is a major long term complication for adult survivors of childhood cancer.


International Childhood Cancer Day is observed on the 15th of February every year. It is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer and express support for children and adolescents with cancer the survivors and their families.


This day is observed to raise our voices and envision the day all the children and adolescents with cancer benefit from the best possible treatment, care and support regardless of where they live in the world.


This day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness and promote an increased appreciation and deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children with cancer. It aims at providing accessible treatment to all.


The target of WHO is to eliminate all the pain and suffering of children fighting cancer and achieve a 60% survival rate for all the children suffering from cancer by 2030.


This International Childhood Cancer Day lets us empathise and express our soliditary to the children battling cancer and their families. Let's help up them in the smallest ways we can. Every drop counts. Isn't it?


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