- Cancer Treatments
- Pediatric Oncology
Pediatric oncology is a medical specialization that focuses on the treatment and care of children with cancer.
Pediatric oncology is the research and treatment of cancers in children and young adults. Pediatric oncologists study and train in both pediatrics and oncology. The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from cancers that develop in adults.
Types of Childhood Cancer
Cancers that are often seen in children include:
-Brain and spinal cord tumors
Cancer treatment tends to work better in children than adults. Kids often don't have other conditions along with their cancer, the way some adults do. That means their bodies can handle stronger treatments than grown-ups’ bodies.
Diagnosing Childhood Cancer
Your doctor will ask you about your child's medical history, symptoms, and family history of cancer. Some children are more likely to get cancer if family members have had cancer.
Your doctor may also ask your child to get tests to check for signs of cancer, such as imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs. They may also suggest your child get a "biopsy." In that test, a doctor removes a sample of your child's tissue and sends it to a lab to get checked for cancer cells.
Symptoms of Childhood Cancer
Most cancers can be detected early. But some types of cancer are more difficult to diagnose because their symptoms are similar to other diseases.
Seeing a doctor when you see the following symptoms increases the chances of early detection:
-Rapid weight loss
-Unexpected changes of opinion
-Fires that don't go away
-Constant pain in one part of your body
-Easy bleeding or bruising
-Lack of energy
-An unexplained lump or swelling
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