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Children’s Cancer Support Group Meeting

<p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The Paediatric Oncology Support Group meets every 2 to 3 months to help parents of children with cancer benefit from the experiences and information shared by other parents who have undergone or are going through the same. The latest meeting was held on 6 December 2016 at The Aga Khan University Hospital and was attended by new along with old members. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The proceedings began with a motivational speech where the parents were encouraged to stay hopeful and patient. She stressed on the fact that recovery takes time, and bec</span><span style="font-family: helvetica;">oming depressed only delays the results. The next segment of the meeting invited a child psychiatrist who conducted a colouring activity and encouraged parents to do the same with their children at home, to help divert attention from the treatment and relieve stress. This was followed by the demonstration of a progressive muscle relaxation technique by a physiotherapist. The final presentation was given by dental hygienists who helped explain the importance of dental visits before, during and after chemotherapy to help maintain good oral health. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Mother of a survivor also shared her story, highlighting the important role of the caregiver in giving their undivided attention to the patient and how it is critical during recovery. Another parent promoted the medical use of nasogastric tube for a child who may lose their appetite during the cancer treatment.  Sharing her thoughts, the mother of the survivor said that a child should continue to do their normal activities and should not succumb to the routine of the disease’s treatment. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The</span><span style="font-family: helvetica;"> meeting ended on a high note with parents interacting with other and passing messages of encouragement to each other. </span></p>
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