living in countries such as India account for 80% of the world's
population of children and when these children are diagnosed with cancer,
they are currently denied the right to hope for a cure. They struggle
under a double burden of their disease and poverty.
Cancer Patients Aid Association recognizes this double burden and has
initiated steps to help children and parents to provide access to the
resources and information they require to ensure their child gets
The treatment and care of childhood cancer requires the joint efforts of a
team working together to provide medical treatment on one hand (surgery,
chemotherapy and radiation) and psychosocial support for the child and the
family as a whole.
Art Therapy for
Children with Cancer
Life for children undergoing the long drawn
out treatment for cancer revolves around trips to the treatment centre and
hospitals. In order to ease the monotony a little bit, CPAA was invited to
run playgroups at various hospitals. CPAA introduced art to distract the
children's mind from their cancer related stress. We found that art could
be used to help children voice their feelings and encourage communication.
A study was done on how to use art as a therapeutic process. Given below
is the oral and slide presentation made by Vinaya Chacko, Director,
Patients Care Department at the 38th Congress of the International Society
of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Geneva, 17-21 September 2006.
Mechanisms of Parents Who's Children Suffer From Cancer
A diagnosis of cancer in your child is
devastating and probably the most distressing situation a parent will ever
face. The parent must find the strength to adjust to this stressful
situation. Coping is the effort made by an individual in order to adjust.
Over the years, CPAA has interacted and helped countless parents to deal
with their children's diagnosis and treatment for cancer and learnt from
the techniques used by them to help other parents. Given below is the
presentation on the topic made by Meghana Suchak, Counseling Psychologist,
CPAA at the ICCCPO Regional Meeting - ASIA, 5-7 April 2007 in Bali.
by parents of Childhood Cancer Patients' Slides
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Prolonged treatment for childhood cancer means a draining of
resources. One of the first places where families start budgeting is in
the education of the child and siblings. CPAA has helped many families
faced with this dilemma. The family of Abhsihek Poddar had to move from
Kolkata for his ALL treatment. In making the shift, his elder sister had
to be uprooted, too. A bright student, her father told her that when
compared to the life and death situation her brother dealt with, her own
troubles were trivial. She began to show aggressive tendencies and the
normally docile child became difficult to manage. CPAA stepped in to get
her admission to a well regarded convent school. Generous donors paid for
her books, uniform, bus and tuition fees. She went on to shine
academically. The good news is that Abhishek recovered completely and
continues to do well. The family decided to shift to Mumbai
THAPA is a 20 year old boy whose father was terminally ill with prostate
cancer. Santosh's father worked as a watchman in a society in Andheri but
lost his job due to his ill health. Santosh's mother worked as a maid.
Santosh was doing his third year of BCom at a Mumbai college. A bright
student, he secured 82% in SSC (2003) and 75% in HSC (2005). Through all
the problems, he maintained a first division during his BCom studies. He
studied for CA along with his first year BCom and passed in the first
attempt and worked part time for which he was paid Rs. 1000/- per month.
He expressed his desire to study further towards his CA for which the
enrolment fees were Rs. 3650/- and tuition fees for special classes were
A sincere young man, he was determined to
study and use that education to improve his life, but all available funds
were being used for his father's treatment. CPAA appealed to Asian Paints
Charitable Trust and the N.M. Budhrani Trust and an education grant was
granted. CPAA also spoke to the coaching classes on his behalf. As a
result, the fees were reduced and the administrator agreed to take special
interest in Santosh's education.