September 23rd, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Cancer Treatment, Children's Health

Hope for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Father and child

The stories and the accompanying images on social media are heartbreaking: A young child, just starting to live life, diagnosed with cancer and now fighting for that life. Parents who are faced with the devastation of such news turn to their online community to seek emotional, spiritual and even financial support to ease the helplessness they feel – all while trying to remain strong and supportive of their ill child and other siblings. “A pediatric cancer diagnosis is not easy for anyone involved,” said Doured Daghistani, M.D., medical director of pediatric hematology and oncology at Baptist Children’s Hospital and chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Miami Cancer Institute. “But with new treatments available and a clearer understanding of how pediatric cancers behave, we’re seeing a shift from a ‘half-empty glass’ of hope to a ‘half-full’ one.” According to the National Cancer Institute, the most common types of cancer in children, newborn...

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