Pediatric Oncology

The Pediatric Oncology Department at KHCC is responsible for the treatment of children affected with cancer. New patients may walk in or are referred from other hospitals. The staff is accustomed to the unique needs of children with cancer. Our staff holds regular meetings to discuss patients with different specialists, including surgeons, radiologists and radiation oncologists.
 
The Pediatric Department has strong ties with international institutions. Our team meets regularly with oncologists at St. Jude hospital and Sick Children’s hospital, two of the top children’s hospitals in Northern America, to discuss difficult cases. Supportive services, including pain management and nutrition play a major role in delivering the best care. Play therapist and psychologists also work closely with our department to ensure the delivery of the best quality of life to our patients during treatment and after finishing their therapy.
 
Education and Training Activities
Providing ongoing medical education opportunities for residents, fellows, and faculty has always been a priority of at the Pediatric Oncology Department. Our entire faculty participates in many CME lectures and courses.
 
Many of our faculty members share their expertise in pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric intensive care medicine by giving lectures, presenting in grand rounds, as well as participating training courses and workshops.
 
The department will be actively engaged in projects and medical activities that enhance its and the Center’s image and prominence on regional and international levels. Such activities, like the formation of cooperative groups, memberships and contributions to clinical studies will continue to help the department grow. Our expansion goals extend to developing programs, symposia/workshop organization, defining a presence in local, regional and international meetings, as well as developing the visiting professorship and grand round lecture programs.
 
Our expertise
1. Inpatient Services
  • Number of inpatient beds in the pediatric unit is 35
  • Children and adolescents up to the age of 18 are admitted for inpatient care
  • The department has a separate ICU unit for its patients
  • Following sub-specialties, the following consultations are provided to our patients:
              - Infectious diseases
              - Gastroenterology
              - Neurology
              - Cardiology
              - Nephrology
              - Immunology
              - Pulmonology
 
2 . Outpatient Unit
  • The following specialty services were established to allow for sub-specialization and development of fine expertise in the treatment of common childhood cancers:
                    - Leukemia service
                    - Lymphoma service
                    - Brain tumors service
                    - Solid tumors service
                    - Benign hematology service
                    - Ocular oncology Service
                    - Pediatric Pain Management and Palliative Care Program
                    - After-Treatment Clinic
  • The multidisciplinary pediatric sarcoma clinic
  • The following multidisciplinary clinical programs have regular clinics:
                 - Ocular-Oncology
                 -  Neuro-Oncology
                 -  Bone Tumors & Limb Salvage
                 -  Pain Management
                -  Hospice & Palliative Care
                -  Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
 
3. Chemotherapy Unit
The outpatient chemotherapy unit can accommodate six patients receiving long infusions at the same time as well as other patients receiving short infusions.  It is possible for many children to receive their doses of chemotherapy and then leave the hospital to stay home or in a nearby hotel.
 
Department Statistics
  • Number of new cases seen as pediatric in/outpatients in 2012 (January – September): 400
  • Number of pediatric patient visits in 2012 (January – September):
  • Pediatric outpatient clinics: 15, 407
  • Pediatric admissions: 1,573
 
Department Faculty