Childhood Cancer Treatment Options Provided at Tampa General Hospital
Childhood cancer treatment has advanced considerably in the last 50 years, greatly increasing the survival rates for children who are diagnosed with cancer. However, although childhood cancers remain a relatively rare occurrence, they are also a leading cause of death for children, second only to accidents. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of cancer can help improve patients¡¯ chances of survival, particularly in children, who may be better able to handle some forms of cancer treatment better than adults. Childhood cancers typically grow faster, and they are more likely to be effectively controlled by chemotherapy and radiation therapy as compared to the slower moving cancers often seen in adults. Bone marrow transplants can also be highly effective treatments for certain hematological cancers in children.
Tampa General Hospital¡¯s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program specializes in identifying and treating all kinds of solid tumors and blood/bone marrow malignancies in infants, children, and young adults up to the age of 21. Our comprehensive approach to childhood cancer treatment can include any or all of the following:
- Chemotherapy, which can be delivered directly to the tumor in a process called chemoembolization or given via infusion at our child-friendly Day Hospital
- Radiation therapy, which is also completed at our Day Hospital and may include HDR Brachytherapy and TomoTherapy? Hi-Art? treatment
- Participation in clinical trials, which can provide families with access to breakthrough research and new approaches to childhood cancer treatment
- Surgery, including minimally invasive and robotic options, which can be used to physically remove tumors from the body
- Immunotherapy and other biological response modification therapies, which can enhance the body¡¯s natural defenses against cancer
- Molecular targeted therapy, which targets specific cancer-related proteins
- Cellular therapies, which include bone marrow transplants and other uses of the human cells to treat cancer
With so many options available to TGH¡¯s staff of medical and radiation oncologists, hematologists, nurses, surgeons, and other support staff, we can customize a childhood cancer treatment approach that reflects each patient¡¯s individual needs. Our cancer specialists are on call 24/7 to address emergencies, and they are available to see non-emergency patients, typically within a week of scheduling an appointment.
For a physician referral for childhood cancer treatment, please call 1-800-822-3627.