A cancer that affects more and more children and that doctors confuse with growing pains; know its symptoms and when it is time to be alarmed.
Incredibly the more science advances, the more mistakes like these you make. Therefore, the best weapon we can have as parents is knowledge, the more informed we stay, the better we will be able to protect the health and integrity of our children.
The Abri Bentley story, sadly, is not an isolated story
The 8-year-old girl, as reported in Little Things woke up one night with a sharp pain that ran down her leg. The pain was so intense it made her cry and scream without having a clue what was happening.
Her parents decided to take her to an emergency hospital, and they left, “as they expected” without an answer that actually tells them what was happening to their daughter.
His parents express in a video they recorded with reference to the experience they are going through that the doctors “imagined they were a simple growing pain, and that was it.”
The pain returned
Their parents without finding a concrete answer continued visiting doctors, until finally they visited the Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The answer, this time was different, the doctors who treated her knew that something bad was happening to her.
“He did a biopsy, sent her to the laboratory and 24 hours later they had a diagnosis,” says Nikkole, Abri’s mother.
Abri had a type of cancer
The little girl who had been told it was only growing pains, was now facing one of the worst diagnoses anyone (especially if you are a child) can face; he had Ewing’s sarcoma, a very aggressive type of bone cancer.
After the diagnosis, Abri had to undergo 17 chemotherapy sessions and then a surgery in which the tibia was completely removed and replaced with the bone from a corpse’s arm.
Abri is in remission and the family is and will be eternally grateful to the hospital and the doctors who treated her and who were able to find the correct diagnosis that saved her daughter’s life.
The paradox between growing pain and a pain that can mean the difference between life and death
According to the American Cancer Association, more than half of this type of sarcoma begins in a leg or an arm, and that is why in children, the first thing that is thought is that it is only a “growth pain” .
In some cases a tumor develops but does not cause any pain, and in others it can.
What is it, who does it affect the most and what are the symptoms?
According to WebMD, this type of tumor develops around the bones, either in the cartilage or in the nerves. It generally affects the vast majority of people between the ages of 10 and 20.
This type of cancer affects approximately 200 children per year in the United States, and is more common in boys.
The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and hardening in the affected area, which is usually a leg or arm, for periods that can range from days to weeks or months.
You can also see bruises or bumps, which in children are mistaken for blows while doing sports or playing.
Less common symptoms but may also be present
The formation of a nodule that can be close to the skin and that can feel warmer than the rest of the body if you touch it.
Constant low fever
I limp from the stiffening of the legs or hips if they are affected.
Bone pain that gets worse with physical activities or at night.
Spindle fracture without a cause.
As parents it is always good to seek more than one opinion when it comes to the health of our children, this type of cancer so easy to confuse, can cause death if it is not detected and treated in time.