What is Pediatric Oncology?
Pediatric Oncology is the research and treatment of cancer in children and young adults. Cure 4 The Kids specializes on pediatric oncology because the types of cancers that develop in children are often very different from cancers that happen in adults. Our oncologists specialize in treating infants, children, pre-teens and teenagers who have cancer.
While this is a common question, there is no easy answer. Sometimes cancer develops as the result of DNA changes in cells early in life and sometimes even before birth. Cancer in children is rarely linked to lifestyles or environmental issues. At Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, we are working with Roseman University College of Medicine to discover ways to prevent and cure childhood cancer.
In the United States in 2019, an approximately 11,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children from birth to 14 years old. The most common types of cancer diagnosed in children ages 0 to 14 years are leukemias, brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and lymphomas. But there are many other forms of cancer that Cure 4 The Kids Foundation looks for and treats in children:
Pediatric hematology is the study and treatment of blood diseases and blood-forming organs. These diseases include childhood cancer, sickle cell disease, anemia and other related hemoglobinopathies related to children.
Cure 4 The Kids evaluates and decides on the best treatment plan for every child on a case by case basis. We also participate in research and clinical trials for our children with these conditions to continue to expand our knowledge and increase better outcomes. During the last 50 years, Pediatric Hematology has increasingly used immunology, biochemistry, enzymology, genetics and molecular genetics and others as we continue to search for a cure.
Some of the most common blood disorders include:
Bleeding & Clotting Disorders
A bleeding and clotting disorder is a condition that affects the way your blood normally clots. The clotting process, known as coagulation, changes blood from a liquid to a solid. When you’re injured, your blood normally begins to clot to prevent a massive loss of blood. Sometimes, certain conditions prevent that from happening. Bleeding disorders can cause abnormal bleeding both outside and inside the body. Some disorders can drastically increase the amount of blood leaving the body. Others cause bleeding to occur under the skin or in vital organs, such as the brain.
Bleeding disorders develop when the blood can’t clot properly. For blood to clot, your body needs blood proteins called clotting factors and blood cells called platelets. Normally, platelets clump together to form a plug at the site of a damaged or injured blood vessel. The clotting factors then come together to form a fibrin clot. This keeps the platelets in place and prevents blood from flowing out of the blood vessel.
Bleeding and clotting disorders are largely inherited, which means they’re passed from a parent to their child. Some disorders may develop as a result of other medical conditions, such as liver disease.
For people with bleeding and clotting disorders, the clotting factors or platelets don’t work the way they should or are in short supply. When the blood doesn’t clot, excessive or prolonged bleeding can occur. It can also lead to spontaneous or sudden bleeding in the muscles, joints, or other parts of the body.
Symptoms can vary depending on the specific type of bleeding and clotting disorder. The main signs may include unexplained and easy bruising, frequent nosebleeds, excessive bleeding from small cuts or an injury, or bleeding into joints
Pediatric palliative care is family-centered and focuses on providing relief for the symptoms and stress of an illness for both the child and the family. The palliative goal at Cure 4 The Kids is to improve the quality of life for the families we serve. It is important to know that palliative care is based on need and not necessarily on prognosis which is why we recommend talking with your team early about what the family’s needs might be. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any state of an illness and can be provided along with treatment plans meant to cure. Its design is to help families with communication and the coordination of care. At Cure 4 The Kids, we believe it is important to have close communication with the families so they are better able to choose options that are in line with their values, traditions, and culture because we know it will improve the well-being of the entire family.
Pediatric palliative care addresses life-threatening, catastrophic and serious medical conditions, including genetic disorders, neurologic disorders, cancer, heart and lung conditions and others. Our team focuses on providing relief for things such as nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, anxiety or depression, difficulty sleeping and much more, to help improve the quality of life for each family.
A specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and others provide palliative care. The team works together with the child’s other doctors as an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of an illness, and it can be provided along with treatment meant to cure. Palliative care is based on need, not prognosis
Pediatric Palliative Care is family-centered with and emphasis on communication and coordination of care. With the close communication that palliative care provides, families are better able to choose options that are in line with their values, traditions, and culture. This improves the well-being of the entire family.
Genetics is the study of how traits such as hair color, eye color, and risks for health problems are inherited or passed from parents to their children. Cancers develop due to changes, called mutations, in genes. Only a small number of cancers are from inherited mutations that are passed down in families.
Despite their highly specialized knowledge, genetic counselors are an under-recognized resource within the healthcare system. Having the service of genetic counselors to review genetic test orders is a highly specialized area of medicine. In a clinical setting, genetics counselors collaborate with pediatricians and oncologists, to review data and make recommendations
Many different types of physicians, such as pediatricians and neurologists, order genetic tests for their patients. However, most of them do not have expertise in genetics. When considering the limited emphasis on genetics in medical schools, the ever-increasing number and complexity of genetic tests, and the limited number of genetic counselors and physician geneticists in the U.S, it is not surprising that genetics counselors are an integral part of the medical diagnosis process.
Joint Commission Accreditation is the most stringent in the country
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for medical facilities. Since 2011, we have been Exceeding Industry Standards. This proves our quality of care is at the highest level. Patient safety and treatment is our top priority and Joint Commission Accreditation is essential to continue to add services for our patients.
Ranking #2623 of the fastest growing companies an America.
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The Inc. 5000 is a weekly magazine that publishes stories about small businesses and startups and is a very prestigious honor for growing private businesses and business leaders.
In 2019, we ranked as #23 among the nation’ top 50 Non Profit organizations
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to work for, by Non Profit Times. This coveted award is primarily based on employee satisfaction surveys in the following areas: Leadership and Planning, Culture and Communication, Training, Development and Resources.
In 2019, we won ‘Best of Las Vegas’ in two categories:
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Best Cancer Treatment Center and Best Charity Event (Circus Couture).
We believe every child is entitled to the best treatment options that modern science has to offer. This is why we also place a great emphasis on raising money to support access to these trials for all children.