We Need A Safer Alternative Treatments For Children With Cancer

1896 Words Jun 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
The three different ways X-rays can be taken are computed tomography (CT scan), fluoroscopy, and radiography (Fda.gov). CT scans are X-rays that produce cross-sectional images of the body. They are also referred to as computerized axial tomography. A fluoroscopy is a medical imaging to show a continuous X-ray image, like an X-ray movie. Radiography is the art, act or process of making radiographs and sonograms. Using radiology on it too dangerous, it can cause irreparable damage to fertility, intestines, and other vital functions. Because of these effects researchers need to be working to find a safer alternative treatments for children with cancer.
Children are more likely have to severe side effects from radiation than adults because children have weaker immune systems. Pediatric radiologist Marta Hernanz-Schulman says, “No patients should be exposed to more radiation than they need at any age” (Goodman). Children should not have to have X-rays or any type of radiation done unless they need it. Children who are diagnosed with cancer and who have to radiation might need body tissue removed. Most chemotherapy and medicine for children affects fertility, but not all. Medicines prescribed to children that cause infertility are cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar), ifosfamide (Ifex), procarbazine (Matulane), busulfan (Busulfex, Myleran), and melphalan (Alkeran) (“Preserving Fertility In Children”). Children are prescribed medication to help keep their fertility but not all…

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