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Pediatric Cancers

Radiation therapy is one of the three main ways that we treat childhood cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation).  It uses beams of high energy to treat cancer by damaging fast growing cells which gets rid of their ability to grow. Radiation can also affect normal cells, but normal cells are better able to repair themselves. Advances in radiation therapy have ensured that radiation therapy can be tailored to an individual child’s needs while also being delivered effectively and safely.

Pediatric cancers that may be treated with radiation therapy

There are different types of pediatric conditions that may be treated with radiation therapy as a part of the treatment plan. Some types of childhood cancers that are often treated with radiation include:
  • Central nervous system (brain and spine) tumors
  • Eye tumors (retinoblastoma)
  • Head & neck cancers (including muscle & bone tumors)
    Lymphomas
  • Tumors involving or near the kidney (neuroblastoma & Wilms’ tumor)
  • Muscle tumors involving the pelvis, arms, and legs (sarcomas)

Your child might also receive chemotherapy and radiation therapy together on a fixed schedule where both treatments are given at the same time. In those case, your child’s oncology team will help coordinate the therapies.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Once a cancer diagnosis is made, you will likely talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists to discuss what happens before, during and after treatment.

CLINICAL TRIALS

 
Cancer specialists regularly conduct studies to test new treatments. These studies are called clinical trials. Clinical trials are available through cancer doctors everywhere — not just in major cities, university centers or in large hospitals.

SURVIVORSHIP

SIDE EFFECTS

Most of the side effects of radiation therapy are limmited to the area being treated. Short-term side effects are related to injury to normal rapidly dividing cells. They are usually temporary, mild and treatable.

TREATMENT TEAM

TREATMENT TEAM

While you undergo radiation therapy, a team of highly trained medical professionals will be working together to make sure you receive the best possible care.
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