Pediatric surgeons in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery work closely with the physicians in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute to establish tumor diagnosis, assess the stage of a tumor (how far it has spread), plan the appropriate therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) and plan the proper timing of surgery.
Together with pediatric medical oncologists, they manage children with solid tumors, including neuroblastoma; nephroblastoma (Wilms tumor); rhabdomyosarcoma; teratomas; and other solid abdominal, pelvic, thoracic, cervical and extremity tumors.
Pediatric surgeons also perform surgery to place central venous lines or ports. These devices are implanted under the skin, enabling chemotherapy to be given in a less painful and more effective way. Read more.