GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Between 10,000 and 12,000 children and teens are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. The most common childhood cancers are leukemia (cancer of blood cells), and brain tumors (cancers of the brain and spinal cord). Thanks to dramatic advances in research and clinical care teams, cure rates are now reaching 85 to 90%. Grand Rapids is extremely lucky to be home to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital , one of the leaders in pediatric cancer.
Pediatric cancer and pediatric blood disorder services at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital are part of one of the largest pediatric cancer programs in the Midwest. Since 1989, the hospital has cared for children and teens with all forms of cancer and blood disorders. More than 600 patients visit the clinic monthly for tests and evaluations that include:
- Transfusion therapy
- Chemotherapy administration
- Laboratory monitoring
- Diagnostic consultations
- Procedures like bone marrow sampling with full sedation services
Additionally, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital offers the only pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplant program in West Michigan.
Dr. James Fahner is the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Dr. Fahner talked with Maranda about childhood cancer and how treatment and outcomes are different than that with adults with cancer.
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