September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month, a good time to raise awareness of symptoms. Combined, leukemia and lymphomas are the most common childhood cancers. Jeffrey Taub, MD, division chief of Oncology on staff at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, says sometimes children with cancer do not show any symptoms, but it’s important for parents to be aware of medical conditions that should warrant a visit with the child’s physician. As a childhood lymphoma survivor treated at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Taub is one of the success stories who benefited from the expertise at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Symptoms associated with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma can include:
• Fatigue and weakness
• Infections and fever
• Easy bleeding or bruising
• Pale skin
• Shortness of breath
• Bone or joint pain
• Loss of appetite, vomiting and weight loss
• Headaches, seizures, balance problems, or abnormal vision
• Swollen glands (associated with leukemia and lymphoma)
Dr. Taub says if tests do show a child has cancer, there are many advances that have led to high cure rates. ” We’ve treated so many children with cancer over the years and our survivorship rates are excellent, with some cure rates reaching at least 90 percent for certain cancers.”
The Pediatric Oncology Program at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is recognized as one of the top pediatric cancer programs in the nation. No other hospital in Metropolitan Detroit treats
more children with cancer than the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The hospital offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists on staff including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, Child Life specialists and researchers.
For further information or to schedule an appointment in Detroit or Clinton Township (Stilson Center) call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500. You can also visit www.childrensdmc.org/cancercenter.