REHABILITATION OF ORAL CAVITY FOR CANCER-STRICKEN CHILDREN
Thousands of Israel’s children who were stricken with various forms of cancer have thank God recovered. However, many of them suffer from residual effects resulting from treatments they received, which prevent their normal functioning and require additional therapies not included in standard cancer management.
The treatments primarily damage the oral cavity, the skin and fertility. The Ish Tzaddik Haya nonprofit organization committed itself to assist patients who require oral rehabilitation.
Who are the patients that the foundation assists?
- Children who received chemotherapy
- Children who received radiation in the areas of the head and chest
For example, depending on the severity, four different types of chemotherapy treatments are administered to children sick with Leukemia, which result in commensurate damage to their oral cavity.
There are approximately 7,000 children in Israel who have received significant doses of radiation and chemotherapy that resulted in damages to their oral cavity. The major damages included lesions to the gums, weakening of roots, enamel deterioration, and loss of teeth. These conditions necessitate a complete rehabilitation of the oral cavity and reconstruction of the palate and teeth.
The cost of oral restoration and rehabilitation ranges between 50,000 to 200,000 NIS, depending on the severity of the case. Israel’s Kuppot Cholim (HMOs) participate in part in covering the cost, however, most of the financial burden is shouldered by the families, who are already physically, emotionally and financially drained having gone through the ordeal of caring for their sick child.
Ish Tzaddik Haya is here to help!
HOW DO WE HELP?
Ish Tzaddik Haya organization assembled a team of physicians who joined our initiative and contribute their time and expertise to counsel and treat these children. If you are a doctor who desires to join the foundation’s initiative, CLICK HERE to contact us.
Families who need our assistance are required to provide Ish Tzaddik Haya with a detailed medical report and an estimated cost of treatment. The report will be evaluated by the foundation’s committee of experts who will determine whether treatment can be provided by the physicians associated with Ish Tzaddik Haya or, if necessary, refer the family to a hospital and raise the necessary funds to cover the treatment.
A call by Rabbi Chaim Idels to help these children