Pediatric Patient Care
When a child is diagnosed with a bone or soft-tissue sarcoma, our Program gives patients access to the most state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment options including:
- Non-invasive expandable tumor implants: For bone reconstruction of long bones in the growing child.
- The Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI): CSI offers patients a surgical experience that is available only at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and a few other medical centers in the world. CSI provides on-demand, intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT, “CaT scanning”) - to better evaluate patients‘ tumors at the time of surgical resection.
- Clinical Trials: Depending on their diagnosis, patients treated at our center may be candidates for national trials of new chemotherapy or radiation treatment regimens.
Common pediatric bone cancers we treat:
- Osteosarcoma: Osteosarcoma is the most common malignant bone tumor in children, it affects approximately 1,500 patients per year in the United States. Osteosarcoma is generally treated with a combination of chemotherapy and surgical resection.
- Ewing Sarcoma (and the Ewing/PNET group of tumors): The second most common pediatric bone sarcoma. Ewing sarcoma is usually treated with a combination of chemotherapy and surgical resection.
Some pediatric soft-tissue cancers we treat:
- Rhabdomyosarcoma: This is the most common malignant soft-tissue tumor in children; it is usually treated with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
- Synovial sarcoma: This is a rare, malignant soft-tissue tumor seen in children and adults; it is usually treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
- Infantile fibrosarcoma: This is a rare fibrous tumor seen in very young children.
Specific Programs at Norris Cotton Cancer Center dedicated to the care and well-being of children include:
- Childlife Program - this program is integrated into the day-to-day care of pediatric patients and provides activities and diversion for children of all age while they are hospitalized.