The Suspicion of Cancer Program
When a physician suspects that a patient might have cancer, a swift and accurate diagnosis is important. When the patient is a child, the stress level raises a notch and increases the significance of both. For that reason, the Children’s Cancer Hospital has established a new service, the Suspicion of Cancer Program, partnering with community physicians to help with early detection of pediatric cancer.
The Suspicion of Cancer Program is a resource for pediatricians to help detect evidence of cancer in their young patients. Although improvements in medical technology now help diagnose the disease in earlier stages, this differentiation is still difficult.
The program provides access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Children’s Cancer Hospital pediatric oncologists. Immediate help is usually available; if not, a specialist will return the call within a brief time period. As a result, a child will be seen either the same day or the next day for diagnostic consultation and help with treatment planning if desired. In addition, the patient access staff can work quickly with the family for insurance authorization.
Physicians with questions about their young patients can expect doctor-to-doctor conversations with fast results to help determine the existence of disease and treatment recommendations for the type of cancer diagnosed. If desired, patients may self-refer or be referred by their primary care physician to MD Anderson.
For information on the Suspicion of Cancer Program, call 1-888-KIDCHEK (1-888-543-2435).