Paediatric Cancer

Paediatric Cancer

Our team of physicians at Emirates Specialty Hospital in Dubai is specialized in various cancer surgeries. Whether you require a second opinion or a major operation, our medical experts are always ready to provide you with the science-based, medical advice you need. Supported by our state-of-the-art facility, we provide our patients with unparalleled care. Boasting an excellent team of highly qualified staff makes choosing Emirates Specialty Hospital mean the right choice and best provider for your child’s paediatric cancer surgery needs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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Doctors at the Emirates Specialty Hospital will also guide patients and their families on the steps they should take before surgery to reduce downtime and ensure a quicker recovery. As well as this, children are advised to receive psychological support after having treatment for cancer, as well as the appropriate medical checks into adulthood and possibly for the rest of their lives.

The type of cancers usually present in children include Hodgkin’s disease (a type of lymphoma), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia, brain and spinal chord tumours, Ewing family of tumours, Wilms tumour, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and rhabdomyosarcoma.

Paediatric cancer care usually differs from that of adults as it’s rarely related to environmental factors or lifestyle choices, and treatment responds differently in children. With other health problems less likely in young people, childhood cancer patients are expected to respond better to treatment than some adults who face trouble with recovery due to other health complications.

At the same time, the body of a child is particularly sensitive to radiation treatments, and chemotherapy may come with side effects that may appear later on in life. Depending on the location and type of the cancer, genetic make up of the child, whether they have a pre-existing condition, and the specific age of the patient, cancer treatment and surgeries may prevent the young person from developing as they would have otherwise. This includes learning difficulties, plus poor coordination, memory, behaviour and attention.

Short-term side effects are hair-loss, nausea, diarrhoea and a low blood cell count.

Therefore, it is important that childhood cancer is treated with a particular kind of care and expertise to ensure that young patients and their families are confident they are equipped with the best knowledge of how to take care during and after treatment.

As childhood cancer patients are at risk of developing other cancers into adulthood, it is necessary to keep detailed reports of treatments, long after they are in remission. Our experts at Emirates Specialty Hospital will make sure paediatric cancer patients are provided with all the information and care they need.

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