Rochelle Bagatell, MD, is a pediatric oncologist with expertise in the care of children with solid tumors. She has a particular interest in the treatment of patients with sarcomas and neuroblastoma, and co-directs the solid tumor program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Current treatment regimens are effective for many children diagnosed with solid tumors in childhood, and the collaborative approach taken at Children's Hospital allows patients to benefit from the expertise of surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, nutritionists and other specialists who work together to provide state-of-the-art care for patients. The solid tumor team is committed to optimizing the effectiveness of current therapies while trying to minimize the side effects of treatment.
This group is also committed to developing new treatments for childhood solid tumors. As a member of Children's Hospital’s oncology developmental therapeutics team, Dr. Bagatell is involved in research studies (clinical trials) of new agents for patients whose cancers don't respond to initial or established treatments. She and colleagues conduct research trials that provide patients access to the newest anticancer medications. The team studies novel treatments that haven't previously been administered to children. These trials permit better understanding of how to use new treatments in the most effective way. The team is currently expanding the number of new agent trials available to patients, and collaborates with colleagues from around the region and nation in efforts to advance the field.
While there are tremendous challenges inherent in the pursuit of new treatments, the solid tumor and developmental therapeutics teams have the opportunity to build upon the expertise at Children’s Hospital to develop newer, less toxic treatments for childhood cancer. Dr. Bagatell’s highest priority is to make innovative treatments available to the children who need them.
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