Pediatric cancer remission and check-ups

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Pediatric cancer remission and check-ups

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If they are still on treatment, which most patients continue on some treatment in remission for for a variable period of time, then the interval will depend on what the treatment regimen requires. Once they're off the treatment, once they're finished with treatment, usually we follow these patients more frequently during the first year of treatment. Once a month, once every two months at the most. And then with the second year of treatment we link in that interval. And, eventually, when we get about 5 years off the treatment, we generally seeing those patients about once a year. And, we continue to do that there after, as long as we can. Because, as I've mentioned, it's very important to: 1. Detect any signs of late effects or even early recurrence. Early on, although getting out beyond 5 years, we don't have to worry much about as early recurrence. And, then we also want to make sure we gather the data as to what happens to these kids. As they get older and end up as adults and even as grandparents. What happens to them? Well, we won't know that unless we follow them. And, then we'll know what to do for the patients who are being treated now. As far as precautions or the particular choice of treatment that would be best for them.

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Stuart E. Siegel, MD

Director, Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Before recently shifting his focus to international medicine, Stuart Siegel, MD, was Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology for 35 years and the founding director of the the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Professor and Head of the Division of Hematology-Oncology Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He remains a leader in supportive care and research in pediatric oncology, with a special focus on neuroblastoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Ewing Sarcoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors. From developing the first pediatric protective environment in 1971 for children undergoing intensive chemotherapy, to pioneering current efforts to develop academic and clinical care programs nationally and locally for adolescents and young adults with cancer, Dr. Siegel’s contributions have revolutionized the field of pediatric oncology. Dr. Siegel has been honored for his work by the American Cancer Society, Children Foundation, the Cancer Foundation, the Chase Foundation, Padres Contra El Cancer, the Israel Cancer Research Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities, where he is a member of the National Board, and has consistently been listed among the nation’s top doctors in such publications asAmerica’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is a father of one son, Joshua; grandfather of David and Elijah; and lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife of seven years.

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