Childhood cancer today vs. a generation ago

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Childhood cancer today vs. a generation ago

When you look at cancer statistics you have to remember that the same time you're measuring them they are developments and the ability to recognize and diagnose the cancers. So, there's new techniques like MRIs, or very sensitive molecular tests. Or other tests that come along that allow us to diagnose cancer earlier than we used to. And, sometimes in cases where we didn't recognize that the patient was dealing with cancer. So, if you really look at what we think is the really true incidence, at least of childhood cancer, we don't believe that's changed. Although we do believe that there's been an increased ability to detect it, and therefore diagnose it. But, as far as the real incidents, it probably has not changed in any significant way.

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Stuart E. Siegel, MD

Director, Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Before recently shifting his focus to international medicine, Stuart Siegel, MD, was Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology for 35 years and the founding director of the the Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Professor and Head of the Division of Hematology-Oncology Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He remains a leader in supportive care and research in pediatric oncology, with a special focus on neuroblastoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Ewing Sarcoma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors. From developing the first pediatric protective environment in 1971 for children undergoing intensive chemotherapy, to pioneering current efforts to develop academic and clinical care programs nationally and locally for adolescents and young adults with cancer, Dr. Siegel’s contributions have revolutionized the field of pediatric oncology. Dr. Siegel has been honored for his work by the American Cancer Society, Children Foundation, the Cancer Foundation, the Chase Foundation, Padres Contra El Cancer, the Israel Cancer Research Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities, where he is a member of the National Board, and has consistently been listed among the nation’s top doctors in such publications asAmerica’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America. He is a father of one son, Joshua; grandfather of David and Elijah; and lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife of seven years.

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