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ACH Observes National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Celebrates Hem/Onc Team

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Kids v Cancer, a nonprofit focused on childhood cancer, around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year, and there are currently approximately 35,000 children currently in treatment for cancer. These staggering numbers demonstrate the importance of quality caregivers dedicated to treating cancer and blood disorders in children. The Hematology/Oncology department at ACH is a shining example of a team dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

The Hematology/Oncology team at ACH diagnoses about one hundred new cancer patients each year, representing over ninety-percent of the children in Arkansas who have cancer. Arkansas children don't have to travel out-of-state to receive the best treatments available, as the ACH Hem/Onc team provides treatment for over ninety-five percent of all types of childhood cancer right here in Little Rock.

The Hem/Onc Unit, which provides inpatient treatment, treats between 15 – 18 patients at any given time, averaging around eight to ten admissions per week for inpatient chemotherapy. Most admissions last two to five days.

The Hem/Onc Clinic treats blood disorder and cancer patients on an outpatient basis, and currently sees around 150 patient visits per week. Blood disorders treated in the clinic include Sickle cell disease, other types of anemia, hemophilia and others.

The Hem/Onc department participates in National Cancer Institute-funded clinical research protocols through the Children's Oncology Group, which provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment and also provides a mechanism to continue to improve therapy and the understanding of childhood cancer. All members of the team's faculty participate in research, either clinical, basic or both.

ACH supports the efforts of the Hematology/Oncology department and their fight against childhood cancer, which takes place each and every day in an environment of care, love and hope.

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ACH oncologist, Dr. David Becton, and one of his former patients (and a childhood cancer survivor!) discuss National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
» Click here to watch this KTHV Ch. 11 interview.
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