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Paediatric Cancer Program

We at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital strive to offer the most comprehensive paediatric cancer care, combining world-class science and technology to pioneer new ways to prevent, detect, and treat paediatric cancer.

For many of the malignancies that occur in childhood, the paediatric cancer program provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan under one roof. Our patient-centric approach to treat patients with the broadest possible range of available chemotherapies and access to potential therapies, help provide treatment to the most complex type of paediatric cancer cases.

With a large number of Paediatric Oncology and Haemato-oncology patients, Nanavati Hospital has become one of the largest oncology care Centres in Mumbai. Cancer patients requiring bone marrow transplant/ haematopoietic stem cell transplant after chemotherapy, as a final curative option have also benefited at the facility. Our BMT Centre is one of the biggest in Mumbai and offers services in Autologous and various types of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplants.

We believe that no child should suffer from the ill effects of cancer and we are constantly engaged in this ongoing struggle to make their treatment a better experience because we understand the emotions and physical tills that the child and the family experience.

What Is Paediatric Cancer?

Paediatric cancer is a tumour that occurs in children below 15 years of age. It is rare but can happen. It can occur at any part in the body, including the lymphatic system, brain, kidneys,  blood and spinal cord (central nervous system; CNS), and other organs and tissues.

A few common types of childhood cancers are:

  • Leukaemia’s(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, etc.)
  • Lymphomas (Hodgkin lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, etc.)
  • Wilms’ tumour
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Brain and spinal cord tumours
  • Bone cancer(Osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, etc.)

What Are The Red Flags For Paediatric Cancer?

Every kid exhibits different signs and symptoms for different types of paediatric cancers. Some of the very common ones include:

  • Continuous unintended weight loss
  • Headaches with early morning vomiting
  • Increased swelling in the joints, bones, back, or legs with persistent pain
  • Lump or mass formation especially in the neck, abdomen, chest, pelvis, or armpits
  • Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
  • Constant, persistent or frequent infections
  • A whitish colour formation behind the pupil
  • Nausea that persists
  • Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness in skin
  • Eye or vision changes
  • Recurring or persistent fevers without any infection

Symptoms of cancer may vary according to the type of cancer and its origin.

How is Paediatric Cancer Diagnosed?

At Nanavati Hospital, we offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques for paediatric cancer, irrespective of complexity. Our doctors examine the patient and advice specific tests to assess the type, location and extent of the disease involvement. A few commonly used tests in cases of suspected cancers are:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or CT scans
  • PET CT scans
  • X-rays
  • Biopsy of the mass or Lymph nodes to run for Histopathology/IHC
  • Bone Marrow Aspirations and Biopsies
  • Molecular tissue testing

What Are The Possible Treatments For Paediatric Cancer?

Cancer treatment in children is not exactly the same as in adults. A paediatric oncologist focuses on providing comprehensive care to children with cancer while considering the various possibilities of treatment suitable for their age. The treatment for various cancers is different and depends on the type and extent of cancer.

Some of the therapies and processes involved in cancer care are:

  • Surgical Process: This process helps in removing the tumour and some of the healthy tissues surrounding the area affected by cancer.
  • Radiation Therapy: This process of treatment involves the use of high-energy waves to kill cancer cells by targeting the affected area.
  • Chemotherapy: Cancer cells are destroyed using powerful medicines.
  • Targeted Therapy: This therapy is used to stop the growth and survival of cancer by targeting the specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes towards the growth of cancer.
  • Immunotherapy: This therapy is used to prompt the body's immune system or natural defences using certain medicines that aid in destroying cancer.
  • Stem-cell Transplantation: This form of treatment is used to restore the damaged /affected bone marrow using high-dose chemotherapy &/or radiation therapy followed by transplantation stem cells.

Our services do not end with your treatment, we also offer comprehensive support services to help reduce your stress and increase your comfort.

What Are The Precautions One Must Take To Avoid Paediatric Cancer?

  • Stop Passive Smoking: try not to smoke tobacco and do not allow anyone else to smoke around your kids.
  • Keep A Balanced Body Weight:Maintaining a healthy body weight of your child can help to control the growthhormones that influence the way cells to grow.
  • Sunburn Protection:One of the reasons for skin cancer in children is exposure to the harmful UV rays.
  • Nutritious Diet: A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps them stay fit and try to avoid junk food and processed meats.
  • Encourage Exercise: A physically fit kid can avoid lots of body complications, as exercising stabilises the levels of various hormones in the body.
  • Limit Exposure to Chemicals: Make sure that your kid does not get exposed to any kind of harmful chemicals.
  • Avoid Certain Kinds of Infections: keep your child clean and help them develop good habits, as infections can cause chronic inflammation and suppress the immune system.

Are There Any Risk Factors Involved?

Some of the major factors that lead to paediatric cancer include:

  • Problems with Development in the Womb:Problems in the development of a certain cell in the womb may predispose a child to early occurrence of cancer.
  • Exposure to Infections: Exposure to certain kinds of infection such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), etc. can contribute to the development of certain cancers.
  • Exposure to Radiation: Exposure to any radioactive gas or radiation can elevate the risk of developing paediatric cancer.
  • Genetic: A few familial and genetic traits may predispose a child to develop cancer but there is no way of suspecting it in a healthy child.

Find Complete Relief from Nanavati Experts

If you think you are facing similar conditions, or have suffered from them in the past, please contact the Nanavati team to schedule an appointment at : +91 22 2626 7500

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