Pediatric Oncology Research Paper

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Cancer is a big issue in America, it is the second leading cause of death. It affects many different ranges of people whether it is there age, race, and ethnicity. ?Pediatric acute lymphocytic leukemia incidence rates out of 1,000,000 for ages 0-19 in 2006-2010 for sex and race/ethnicity; 38.4 for boys, 30.2 for girls, 34.2 for non-hispanic white, 18.3 for non-hispanic black, 44.9 for hispanic, and 28.7 for asian american/pacific islander.? Pediatric oncology is something that i would like to go to school for and specialize in. Cancer is a very aggressive disease, there is no way to cure or prevent it. Trying to fight the cancer could be very arduous, which would make it harder on children who may not be strong enough, so they need someone…show more content…
They will most likely see 6 types of specialists; a hematology pathologist, hematologist, oncologist, primary care provider (PCP), pediatric hematologist-oncology, and transfusion medicine. A hematology pathologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosing blood disorders. Hematologist focuses on diagnosing and treating the blood disorders and an oncologist focuses on cancer. The primary care provider(PCP) prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases. A pediatric hematology-oncologist treats blood disorders and cancer in children and transfusion medicine manages the transfusion of blood products and potential complications. Signs of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia include; fever, easy bruising and bleeding, bone or joint pain, painless lumps in the neck, underarm, stomach or groin, pain or feeling of fullness below the ribs, weakness, feeling tired, looking pale, and loss of appetite. There are different tests that examine the blood and bone marrow and are able to detect and diagnose childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia such as; a physical exam, complete blood count, blood chemistry study, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, cytogenetic analysis, immunophenotyping, lumbar puncture or spinal tap, chest x-ray, and testicular biopsy. A physical exam can be done to examine the body for general signs and signs of the disease. a complete blood count (CBC) can be done to check the number of red blood cells and platelets, white blood cells, the amount of hemoglobin the red blood cells, and the portion of the sample made up of red blood cells. Blood chemistry study could be done to determine the amount of certain substances released into the blood by the organs and tissues in the body and an abnormal amount could be a sign of a disease. Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy could be done by taking a hollow needle inserting it into a

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