Pediatric oncology focuses on the treatment of cancers affecting children. Common childhood cancers include leukemia, neuroblastoma, brain cancers, lymphomas, Wilms’ tumor, bone cancers, germ cell tumors, rhabdomyosarcoma, and retinoblastoma.
Childhood cancer is uncommon – only about one in 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19. If you notice any symptoms of cancer in your child, you should consult a pediatrician. Common signs can include:
- Continued, unexplained weight loss
- Swelling or pain in the bones
- Development of excessive bruising
- Constant infections
- A whitish color behind the pupil
- Constant fatigue
- Eye or vision changes
- Recurrent fevers
Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology-Oncology provides all of our pediatric care. Our team is closely integrated and each physician is familiar with all aspects of your child’s care.
Inpatient care for the pediatric program is centered at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. It offers a wide range of pediatric subspecialty services, as well as pediatric and neonatal intensive care.
We realize we need to communicate with our patients AND their parents. We’re ready to answer any questions you or your child may have – in an age-appropriate manner. Our team also includes child life specialists who help children throughout their treatment and allow them to continue normal growth and development.
Research & Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are not often available for pediatric patients until after their safety and efficacy has been tested in adults. Your child may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial, depending on their age, cancer type, stage of cancer, previous treatments, and general medical history. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, research our open clinical trials and talk with your doctor to determine if a trial is right for your child.
One research avenue available to our pediatric patients is through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-sponsored cooperative research group. Through this program, children have access to promising new medications and therapies. Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is also a member of Be the Match (formerly the National Bone Marrow Donor Program), which affords patients without family members who can serve as donors access to potentially lifesaving transplants from alternative stem cell sources.
Weekly pathology review and tumor conferences are a hallmark of our program, giving you the benefit of a team-based approach to your care.
We work closely with your primary care physicians to provide you with the best care possible from diagnosis through survivorship.
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