SOMETIMES NOTHING IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN A FRESH START. OUR FOCUS IN PAEDIATRIC IS BUILT ON THE PILLARS OF ensuring long term CURE AND QUALITY OF LIFE.
Cancer is an unwanted foe at any stage of life, but it is especially frightening when it’s diagnosed in children. Cancer in children poses two challenges – first, the immediate goal of treating the cancer without debilitating the child’s long-term quality of life and survival. Second, since everybody has a different reaction to different treatments, some conventional treatment methods may not work the same way on every child.
In order to overcome these challenges, researchers are developing new solutions and innovative methods in the field of Paediatric Oncology. Through collaboration, incisive learnings from clinical trials, and great development in technology, we have to come to a point where clinical outcomes have improved exponentially from where they were a few decades back.
The Paediatric Cancer Management Team at APCC is fully suited to address the complex requirements of treating children with cancer. With experts from across disciplines, the team understands the nuances of Paediatric Oncology and is equipped to deliver specialized care at every stage of the treatment process.
The treatment procedures for Paediatric Oncology reflect the complexity and unique characteristics of childhood cancer themselves. The first thing we take into account at APCC is that in paediatric cancer we don’t just treat the child, the entire family is included in the process. Our proprietary CMT approach is optimized for this - child life specialists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and counsellors are there for every need of the child and the family.
At APCC, the entire treatment experience will be customized to the need of the patient ensuring smooth treatment delivery right from management required for sedation during MRI and planning process, to treatment delivery every day. The Phillips ambient system is designed to ensure this making comfort and convenience a great priority. Our equipment uses dynamic lighting, projection and sound to transform a cold, impersonal environment into one that is soothing and comfortable.
Best-in-class clinical excellence is a non-negotiable in Paediatric Oncology. Issues like quality of life, which are important in all cases, become paramount while treating children. The core philosophy behind designing our treatment strategy is not just immediate alleviation but also ensuring health and happiness in the long term.
In the multidisciplinary management approach, the surgical oncologist plays a crucial role in the Paediatric CMT, especially for solid cancers. Using the most sophisticated surgical procedures they operate to remove the entire tumour and the margin tissue around the tumour. The procedure leaves a negative margin which removes cancer in the healthy tissue.
Paediatric cancers have high survival rates; almost 80% of the children treated beat cancer. While this statistic is a testament to the accelerated progress made in this niche field, it brings with itself a few pitfalls. There is a marked increase in the risk incidence of secondary cancers as patients become adults. Moreover, issues like cognitive disabilities, lagging learning function and poor memory are often the collateral damage of childhood cancers. These issues are largely the side effects of the treatment procedures themselves.
Conventional radiotherapy is shackled by the shortcomings of sub-optimal accuracy and scattering radiation beyond the tumour. Proton therapy negates these disadvantages. Guided by the Braggs Peak phenomenon and using sophisticated delivery mechanisms like Pencil Beam Scanning, Proton Beam Therapy is the forerunner in state-of-the-art cancer care for children. With no exit dosage, healthy tissue is not touched with radiation; Proton follows the principle of ‘if you don’t hit it, you don’t break it’. This is invaluable in treating cancers close to vital organs or complex tumours that needs to be sculpted with precise radiation beams. For instance, during cranio-spinal irradiation, Proton therapy delivers less radiation to the heart, lungs, and intestines.
Globally, the Proton Beam Therapy is marching to a position of pre-eminence in the treatment of paediatric cancer care. With APCC introducing this revolutionary treatment in this region, a new ray of hope emerges for children and families battling paediatric cancers. At APCC, Proton Beam Therapy is delivered by the powerful combination of a cutting-edge multi-room Proton Beam machine and a team of the very finest in radiation physics and comprehensive cancer care.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to attack cancer cells; they work by terminating the cancer cells’ ability to grow and divide. In our Paediatric CMT, Chemotherapy is administered by a paediatric oncologist.
Chemotherapy is an effectively used line of defence in treating paediatric cancers. Childhood cancers usually respond well to chemotherapy because they tend to be cancers that grow fast. In Paediatric Oncology, Chemotherapy is usually administered in any of the following ways:
Accurate prognosis demands that state-of-the-art diagnostics are employed to decide on the type and stage of the cancer. In the case of paediatric cancer a myriad factors play a significant role in the process of diagnosis. The child’s signs and symptoms as well as the age and medical condition are evaluated extensively before any of the following is used to get clarity on the cancer: