Surviving Pediatric Cancer Leaves Broken Hearts

Steve McKinionUncategorized3 Comments

Literally.

The long-term side effects of toxic chemotherapy are too numerous to list here, but one of the worst effects is heart damage.  Two drugs in particular – doxorubicin and daunorubicin – are known to cause severe damage to a child’s heart, and that damage is typically irreversible.  He already will probably never run well again due to the neuropathy, but there are worse fears he has to face.

More children are surviving pediatric cancer than ever before, but for some there is a price to pay – a damaged heart.  Some types of chemotherapy are so toxic that they damage the heart muscle.

via Surviving cancer can mean a damaged heart | wzzm13.com.

As we pray for Harrison’s survival, we also pray his organs will be spared the damage such harsh drugs invariably cause.  We pray for so many of our new friends in the childhood cancer community with us, as well.

3 Comments on “Surviving Pediatric Cancer Leaves Broken Hearts”

  1. I will continue to pray for Harrison. For God’s healing power to invade Harrison’s body and for his heart to stay strong. I am praying for strength for you all as a family too.

    Ginger, I remember you so fondly as a teen along with Candi. I cannot imagine what you and your family have been through along with Harrison…..But, I know a God who is intimately acquainted with all your fears, hopes, and desires for Harrison and He hears.

    Blessings to you all, Mary

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words and the prayers. Your intercessions are so very important.

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