Facts Regarding Children with Cancer

In a February 3, 2000 article entitled, “Symptoms and Suffering at the End of Life in Children with Cancer”, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, it was uncovered that cancer is the second leading cause of death in children, only after accidents. Parents of children who had died of cancer between 1990 and 1997 at Children’s Hospital in Boston and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were interviewed and the results were as follows. Almost eighty percent died of progressive disease, and the rest died of treatment-related complications. Forty-nine percent died in the hospital and approximately one-half of the deaths occurred in the intensive care unit. Eighty-nine percent of the children suffered a great deal. And in conclusion it is noted that, “children who die of cancer receive aggressive treatment at the end of life. Many have substantial suffering in the last months of life, and attempts to control their symptoms are often unsuccessful” (Wolfe 326-333).

About Pat Alves

Pat Alves is the Regional Coordinator for the Cancer Prevention Coalition, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing escalating cancer rates through a comprehensive strategy of outreach, public education, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Pat is also a local director in the Chardon area, and works personally with the neighboring community chapters by speaking at all area meetings. Pat has been involved personally with cancer issues since 1997 when her father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer (lymphoma) and given six months to live. Through her comprehensive study of alternative choices she was able to develop a plan that changed the outcome of her father's diagnosis. He was cancer free in four months. Since that time Pat has joined Cancer Prevention Coalition and has offered hope to any family or organization that is interested in hearing about prevention and alternative choices by speaking at meetings and through local radio broadcasts. Cancer topics are not her only subjects that she speaks about. She speaks on alternative health issues that currently have no cures, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy and digestive disorders and helps people to understand their responsibility in making right choices about change and recovery. Pat also teaches clinics on Essential Oils, the aromatherapy and ancient approach of healing through oils and is an authorized representative of Neways International, the manufacturer of the purest essential oils in the world. Pat currently lives with her husband and daughter in Chardon, has two older children and is grandmother of two girls. She is currently studying in the area of BioScience Technology at Lakeland Community College. She is a member of the Lakeland Civic Band for 26 years, plays the flute, and is a professional seamstress with a home based sewing business.