Pediatric Oncology as a speciality was virtually nonexistent in India until the late 1980s. Most children with cancer were treated by adult oncologists in a few cancer centers. The PediatricOncology Group at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugramcomprises of a dedicated team of doctors and nurses who are very well trained and experienced in caring for children with cancer.
Diagnosis of cancer is upsetting at any age, but especially so when the patient is a child. The initial diagnosis can be frightening for the parents as well the child. There is a lot of misconception and lack of information about childhood cancer.
Cancers in children are not always treated like adult cancers. Also, the type of cancers that children get are different from that seen in adults. Pediatric Oncology is a medical speciality focusing on effective treatment of children with cancer and is associated with excellent outcomes. So bottom line is that ALL CHILDHOOD CANCERS ARE TREATABLE AND MAJORITY ARE CURABLE.
In general, cancer can affect any part of the body. The most common cancer being – leukemia (blood cancer), brain tumor, cancer affecting the bone or muscle. The other types of childhood cancers are lymphomas (cancer of the lymph nodes), neuroblastomas (adrenal gland), Wilms tumor (kidney), sarcomas (muscle and bone), and other cancers seen in the very young children (embryonal cancers). As of today, >80% of children with cancer are cured, depending on the type of cancer they are suffering from.
We have a dedicated team of well-qualified PediatricHematologist/Oncologists here at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, who have been trained in the field from some of the prestigious institutes in the world.
We as a team are trusted by many countries and we have treated children from all across the world with excellent outcomes.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY SPECIALITY
The type of treatment that a child with cancer receives depends on the type and stage of cancer. Common treatments include: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, surgery and stem cell transplantation. The treatment is based on risk stratification and is individualized.
Dedicated Pediatric Hematology-Oncology-BMT tumor board
We have weekly tumor board meetings where all new cases and medically relevant issues are discussed during these sessions.
Versatility in capability
As a Pediatric Oncology group, we see a gamut of diseases which include Leukemia, Lymphoma, Bone tumors, CNS tumors, sarcomas, neuroblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumor, etc.
Survivorship/ Late Effects Clinic
With prolonged survival, late effects of cancer are being recognised which vary with the type of cancer, the child’s age, the type of treatment and other factors. Therefore, it is essential for these survivors to receive follow-up care to monitor their health after completion of treatment.
Support group meetings – They are conducted every 4 months in our hospital, which is a boost for our patients and their families. We also organise Children’s Day and Christmas party for all our patients once a year which is a platform to celebrate our champions (all the children battling cancer).
As Danny Thomas (founder of St Jude Cancer Research Hospital, USA) said “No child should die in the dawn of life” – this is what we as a group are striving for.