Surgery often plays a critical role in a child’s overall cancer treatment. CHOP's pediatric surgical oncology team consists of experts with extensive experience in various types of cancers, including neuroblastoma, brain and bone tumors, as well as other rare and hard-to-treat cancers. Because of the number of cases we see, our pediatric oncology surgeons have a true appreciation of the issues they may encounter during a complex surgery to resect a child's tumor.
While preserving fertility is an important topic for families to discuss before cancer treatment begins, it can also lead to some uncomfortable conversations. In this video, former CHOP cancer patients discuss why they made the decision to bank their sperm, and describe what the experience was like for them.
Change the Course: Advanced Options for Your High-Risk Patients, is an 18 minute video designed to help referring oncologists and families better understand the different treatment options that are available with for patients with difficult or hard to treat cancers.
Proton therapy is an innovative form of radiation treatment that allows for more conformed radiation doses delivered to cancerous tumors .
Proton therapy, now offered at CHOP, is an alternative to traditional radiation treatment for childhood cancer. The brain is very sensitive to radiation treatment, and children whose brain tissue is radiated at a young age can suffer from cognitive, learning, and developmental challenges later in life. Proton therapy targets only cancer cells, significantly reducing the amount of healthy tissue exposed to radiation.
The Pediatric Thyroid Center at CHOP is one of the few centers in the nation dedicated to the unique medical needs of children and adolescents with thyroid disease, including thyroid cancer. The center has a multidisiclinary team that offers an unparalleled level of expertise and resources necessary to provide optimal care, individualized for each child with thyroid cancer.
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