Each year in the U.S. almost 16,000 children between birth and 19 years old are diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Haydar Frangoul and Dr. Jennifer Domm, pediatric hematologists/oncologists with TriStar Children’s Hospital and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial, joined us on Community Health Matters to discuss early signs of childhood cancer and how TriStar’s new pediatric hematology/oncology unit can help. View their segment here.
Early detection is key when it comes to childhood cancer. Many childhood cancers have much higher survival rates when diagnosed in the disease’s early stages. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked or misdiagnosed because symptoms are mistakenly attributed to other common injuries or illnesses.
To catch cancer in its early stages, children should have regular medical check-ups. Parents should pay close attention to unusual signs or chronic symptoms such as persistent fever, nausea or vomiting, tendency to bruise easily, an unusual lump or swelling, loss of energy, headaches, lingering pain in one area of the body, abrupt vision changes, a whitish color behind the pupil of the eye, sudden weight loss or limping.
In the unfortunate circumstance of a child needing cancer treatment, TriStar Centennial can help. Its recently opened dedicated pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant unit at The Children’s Hospital is 20,000 square feet with 11 beds, including a playroom to make children feel as comfortable as possible. Their childhood cancer specialists provide enhanced, comprehensive pediatric cancer care and the HEPA-filtered and positive pressure unit reduces risk of infection allowing children to explore outside of their room during their hospital stay.
The Children’s Hospital’s goal is to find cures and eliminate childhood cancer, improving outcomes not only for its patients, but helping other patients and physicians in its international network. As partners of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world-wide, premier children’s cancer research organization supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the pediatric hematologist/oncologists collaborate with scientists across the world to discover advanced treatment options including participation in clinical trials and the development of therapeutics for children with cancer.
Talk to your pediatrician right away if you notice your child exhibiting any unusual signs or chronic symptoms. For more information about childhood cancer, visit ACCO.org.