Children are not just small adults. Their body physiology, spectrum of diseases, tolerance of treatment and outcome are all totally different. Treating a blood disease or cancer in a child is often very challenging. At almost all hospitals in developed countries, such disorders are treated by skilled specialists.
A Pediatric Hemato-Oncologist is the specialist with the experience, qualifications and skills to evaluate and manage children. Pediatric Hemato-Oncologist treats children and teenagers with cancers (including leukemias, lymphomas, brain tumors, bone tumors, and solid tumors such as Wilms’ tumour, neuroblastoma, sarcoma and hepatoblastoma) as well as non-malignant blood disorders (ITP, anemias, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders).
The outcome of cancers in children is very good compared to adult patients. Common malignancies such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), Wilms’ tumour (kidney) and Hodgkin’s disease have more than 80% complete cure rates if diagnosed correctly and treated promptly.