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7month old with cancer - support group for my friend?

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33goingon64 Thu 08-Sep-11 21:49:46

A friend's 7 month old has had a malignant tumour removed from his spine but doctors think it may have spread to his liver. They are awaiting news of what treatment he will need and have been told that whilst they are confident it's curable, treatment will probably take 6-9 months. Is there a MN group or other kind of support group I can point my friend towards (when she is ready)?

BahHumPug Thu 08-Sep-11 22:45:47

Clic Sargent are very good at giving advice, and they have online forums too.

I'm very sorry for your friend and her DS. I hope it's treated as soon as possible.

33goingon64 Thu 08-Sep-11 22:49:48

Thanks.

lisad123 Fri 09-Sep-11 08:12:26

macmillian has a forum, each one under different section, we found this very helpful

Rhksmum Fri 09-Sep-11 14:34:29

There is also this site

www.bechildcanceraware.org/

Thumbwitch Fri 09-Sep-11 14:39:13

oh God, that's terrible. So sad for your friend and I hope her DS comes through ok.

I don't think there is a specific MN group for this kind of thing (although perhaps there should be one?) but there are definitely people on here who have been through dealing with childhood cancer and serious illness; so if she wants somewhere to come and randomly rant and swear and scream about the unfairness of it all, here is as good a place as any.

Hope the more supportive links help her too.

My niece had a brain tumour removed when she was 21mo - thankfully she is fine now and going well at 6yo, but still needs to be monitored and there is still a risk it may come back - I hope your friend's DS is one of the success stories.

lisad123 Fri 09-Sep-11 17:04:25

I have asked for a cancer section on health but HQ said no sad

KinkyDorito Fri 09-Sep-11 18:29:04

She should try facebook groups, if she wants something online, though there should be support groups locally for her. I found a really good one for ALL on facebook, and it helps to read about the experiences of other parents. There might be a childhood cancer support group on there.

The ladies on the TAMOXIFEN thread are lovely, having had/going through the experience of cancer themselves (in general health), and I've posted on there before.

She is welcome to PM me at any time too.

Best wishes. It's tough.

BahHumPug Fri 09-Sep-11 18:44:20

Why did HQ say no? confused

33goingon64 Fri 09-Sep-11 18:54:51

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply.

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