Treating Pediatric Cancer

While childhood cancers tend to respond better to chemotherapy (and children’s bodies also seem to handle chemo better) there is a concern about both the short-term and long-term side effects of treatments like chemo and radiation.

After treatment, follow-up exams are essential, not only to ensure that the cancer has not returned but to gauge any side effects of treatment that may not show up for several years. Possible late effects include:

  • Slowed growth
  • Cardiovascular or respiratory problems
  • Delayed sexual development
  • Learning difficulties
  • Increased risk of other cancers

Once a child’s treatment is complete, our collaborative pediatric cancer team is available for follow-up exams and will remain involved in supporting and caring for your child.

Our team of experts includes:

  • Pediatric nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Certified child life specialists
  • Pediatric social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Pediatric radiation oncologists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Pediatric research nurses
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapists
  • Therapists specializing in pet and music therapy
  • Audiologists

For more information about the hematology-oncology care we provide, call (813) 321-6820.

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