Robotic assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy can be safely and effectively performed in pediatric patients for renal tumors while preserving renal function. Classically, cases such as the two described below have been managed with an open, invasive approach or by radical nephrectomy. These two cases, cared for in collaboration with specialists from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, demonstrate the effectiveness of renal preservation using robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery applied for renal masses in two different pediatric patients. …Read More
Cancer affects more than just the tissue or organ in which a tumor starts — it affects the whole patient. This is as much the case with children as adults, if not more so, and can have greater consequences. With survival rates for childhood cancers constantly on the rise, the long-term effects of cancer care on nearly every organ system are coming under increasing scrutiny, as are ways of reducing those effects.
A multidisciplinary approach to cancer care is the best way to keep cancer treatment’s side effects as low as possible while keeping a patient’s quality of life high, both during and after treatment. In this context, pediatric urologists bring a unique perspective, one that combines techniques that can help a child’s care team evade or alleviate continence and voiding issues during treatment and address options for maintaining urologic, sexual and reproductive function down the road.
Notes talked to Richard S. Lee, MD, director of pediatric urologic oncology for Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and a physician in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Urology, about the expertise a pediatric urologist brings to a multidisciplinary pediatric cancer care team. …Read More