Pediatric oncology is a branch of oncology that focuses on care for children affected with cancer. Most cancers that are common in children are different from those seen in adults. Pediatric oncology focuses on cancers in infants, children, and teens. Hence, individualized treatment with multidisciplinary & holistic care is to be ensured for the children affected with cancer.
Pediatric cancers can develop as the result of DNA changes in cells that occur early in life, even before birth. Common childhood cancers include:
While diagnosing childhood cancer, doctors would likely ask or observe the following:
Our mission is to treat and cure children with cancers by understanding their special needs and by providing them with the needed comprehensive and compassionate care. We work with a team of multidisciplinary experts to help our pediatric patients heal and get better using the latest in state-of-the-art technology and medical advancements. Our team includes pediatric hematologists/oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and genetic counselors.
Treatment options for the child
Chemotherapy reaches every part of your child's body, not only the cancer cells. Though side effects may be prevalent, specific medicines are given to ease those side effects.
Surgery might be needed to subside the pain or discomfort arising due to cancer. A series of surgeries or only one type of surgery will be required for the child depending upon the type and stage of cancer.
Radiation therapy involves high-energy waves or particles that kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The child may need radiation therapy before surgery or chemotherapy so that the tumor becomes small enough to remove. Other times, the child will get radiation without any need for surgery.
Bone Marrow Transplantation: It is a treatment option for children with certain types of cancer or other diseases. The goal of a bone marrow transplant is to replace a child's diseased bone marrow with a healthy one.
Depending on who donates the stem cells, bone marrow transplants are of three main types:
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