Childhood cancer: Treating cancer in children
Cancer in children is quite different to cancers in adults as they occur in different parts of the body and do not respond the same way to treatment. Although cancers in children are quite rare, the symptoms can be difficult to spot and often confused with other less serious conditions.
We have dedicated multi-disciplinary team of consultants, surgeons, oncologists, haematologists, intensivists who work together with our clinical nurse specialist to treat such cancers. Our comprehensive cancer service from diagnostic including pathology and imaging to treatment is able to treat cancer in babies and children aged up to 18 years.
Apart from providing the best medical care to our young patients psychosocial team work with the children and their families offering holistic support such as counselling, play, art and music, throughout their treatment emphasizing they are children first regardless of their medical condition.
When a diagnosis is confirmed, decisions about the child’s treatment plan is discussed with the parent, patient and our specialist oncology multi-disciplinary team, which my involve chemotherapy, haemato-oncolgy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Cancers We Treat
With our dedicated paediatric cancer specialist multi-disciplinary team we are able to treat a number of cancers that commonly occur in children.
Teenager beats cancer twice
When Kamal Khalifa developed a swollen knee, initially his parents were not concerned. As the 15-year-old was accident prone, they put the discomfort down to growing pains. However, an X-ray revealed a huge osteosarcoma tumour on his right knee, a rare type of cancer.