Treating childhood cancer

April 10, 2018
Treating childhood cancer, Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada

Last year it was estimated that some 10,270 children would be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with leukemia, lymphomas and brain and other central nervous system tumors the most common. At the Children’s Medical Center of Summerlin Hospital, we offer childhood cancer patients and their families a safe, welcoming environment and comprehensive care for cancer diagnoses, treatment and recovery.

Comprehensive cancer treatment

The Children’s Medical Center provides chemotherapy treatments and coordinates complementary care that may include tumor reduction and surgery.

Our pediatric intensivists work closely with Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, physician specialists and our pediatric ICU team for advanced care, surgery, imaging procedures and other needs.

Specialists in pediatric cancer

There are 39 certified chemotherapy nurses on staff, as well as an oncology educator to provide information about the disease process, signs and symptoms, medications and side effects to families and staff. Full-time, certified child life specialists on staff support children and families, helping them cope with stress and anxiety that medical tests and procedures may cause, explaining things in kid-friendly terms and arranging fun activities like guest visitors.

Stem cell transplants

Summerlin Hospital is now able to offer autologous stem cell transplants, which may be necessary after a patient receives a high dose of chemotherapy. Stem cells are immature cells that can develop into new, mature cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets. Stem cells can be collected from the patient before treatment through a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation and transplanted after chemo as needed.

The Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital

The Children's Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center provides advanced care to infants, children, adolescents and teenagers.

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