Rare cancer-fighting procedure now offered to kids at Wilmington hospital

Lynne Adkins
November 12, 2018 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Wilmington children's hospital is one of only two in the country using a unique treatment, only approved for adults, to fight rare liver cancer in children. 

Chemotherapy isn't always effective treating cancerous tumors and radiation can be too toxic for children according  Dr. Allison Aguado, a pediatric interventional radiologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. She's just one of a few doctors in the country treating rare liver tumors with medicine that's pumped into the child's tumor.

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"Radiation beads get implanted into the tumor in the  liver. They work over the course of several weeks to destroy the tumor. The last patient that we treated we were able to shrink the tumor about 60 percent.

This procedure is for cancer that won't respond to chemotherapy. 

In a few weeks, the tumor shrinks enough for doctors to remove it. Right now the procedure is only being done at a children's hospital in Texas and at Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children where physicians there have given kids a fighting chance.

The procedure is minimally invasive and done as same day surgery.