How did my child develop a solid tumor?
There are too many different types of solid tumors to delve into the possible causes for each in a single response. Please refer to the various links to Types of Solid Tumors found in the Solid Tumor Conditions and Treatment Overview page. What we do know is that only a minority of cancer cases, 5-10 percent, are caused by an altered gene that is inherited. The remaining 90-95 percent of cases are thought to be caused by abnormalities in genes or in how those genes are regulated, but these abnormalities are acquired, not inherited.
What are the biggest complications that can occur with solid tumors?
The biggest complication can occur from misdiagnosis, which is why our team of experts is devoutly thorough in our evaluations prior to making a concrete diagnosis for our solid tumor patients. Unknown congenital problems may impact the efficacy of treatments being used on solid tumors. Other complications can include infections, or, for our patients with bleeding disorders, the need for a blood transfusion.
What kind of aftercare can I expect for my child?
The length of time we need to continue treating our solid tumor patients depends on the type of tumor they had. For some patients it could be two years of aftercare, and for others it could be five. After the major worry period has past, our patients are directed to our Late Effects Clinic.
What is the long-term outlook for solid tumor patients?
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis, and continuous follow-up care is essential.