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Gene Testing for Kids With Cancer: Details and Benefits of the Precision Medicine ProgramUCSF specialists in cancer genomics and pediatric oncology describe the process of evaluating and determining treatment options for referred patients, with specifics on how care for certain childhood cancers – such as neuroblastoma, leukemia, brain tumors and hepatoblastoma – can be correlated to individual genetic testing results.
Puzzling Out Bleeding Problems in Kids: A Practical Way to Put the Pieces TogetherPediatric hematologist-oncologist Tiffany Lucas, MD, formerly a pediatrician, knows that primary care visits for bleeding issues are common, with signs ranging from frequent nosebleeds to low energy.
Snares of Survivorship: Understanding Late Effects of Childhood Cancer TreatmentOncology treatments save young lives but impact neurocognitive development and psychosocial health, potentially causing problems such as IQ, memory, and hearing deficits, as well as depression, anxiety and social difficulties.
When a Child’s Cancer Resists Treatment: The Potential of ImmunotherapyThis encouraging presentation from pediatric hematologist-oncologist Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD, director of UCSF’s pediatric immunotherapy program, focuses on relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.
Cancer Syndromes in Children: An Expert on Screening and SurveillanceGenetic testing and early intervention can have benefits ranging from preserving vision – as in the case of retinoblastoma – to preserving lives. Jennifer Michlitsch, MD, discusses how to identify patients at risk, take informative family histories, and ensure care reflects the needs and values of individual families.
Optimizing the Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Guide for Primary CareHematologist-oncologist Robert Raphael, MD, director of the Pediatric Survivorship Program, lays out keys to protecting these patients’ physical as well as mental health.
Pediatric Specialty Care in the Time of COVID: Managing Blood Disorders and CancerTwo UCSF pediatric hematologist-oncologists discuss COVID risks for pediatric patients with sickle cell and other blood diseases or cancer. Guidance includes which children need hospitalization, when to give preventive therapies for coagulopathies, and when to delay – or not delay – regularly scheduled treatments.