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Because childhood cancers are so rare, most young patients are referred to specialized centers for treatment. Meitra Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology department is a multidisciplinary branch of oncology to treat infants, children and adolescents suffering from cancer and blood diseases. Pediatric Oncology works closely with other specialties in medicine for surgery and other treatments.
Our experienced team of pediatric oncologists is here to support your child with customized, compassionate care. From accurate quick diagnosis and the latest treatments to extensive psycho-social support, including an OPD clinic for long-term follow-up of pediatric cancer patients, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive family-centered care in an atmosphere where kids can feel safe at home.
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What age of patients are treated at Meitra’s Pediatric Oncology department?
We treat patients from the age range of infants to young adults.
How do pediatric oncologists diagnose cancer?
Doctors use a number of tests, some of which include:
- Blood tests: Assess red and white blood cell levels for blood-related cancers.
- Biopsy: Extracts and examines tissue to determine tumor type.
- Bone marrow aspiration: Examines fluid from the bone marrow.
- Lumbar puncture: Tests cerebral spinal fluid for cancer cells with anesthesia.
- Ultrasound: Uses sound waves to visualize internal organs.
- CT scan: Utilizes X-rays to provide internal organ images.
- MRI scan: Utilizes magnetic fields for internal organ imaging.
What are the symptoms in children that may indicate a need for cancer screening?
Children should be checked for cancer if they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Sudden weight loss
- Extreme weakness
- Unexplained paleness
- Sudden change in vision
- Unusual swelling
- Fever that doesn't go away
- Constant headaches with vomiting
- Bruising and bleeding easily