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The treatment of children with Solid Tumors is complex and requires the coordinated care of many experts including pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation specialists, radiologists, nurses, and other professionals. For a successful outcome, all these individuals may be involved in the care of your child at one time or another.
Your child will undergo a series of blood tests and diagnostic imaging studies when they are admitted to St. Jude. These include:
After these tests are done, several diagnostic imaging methods may be used, including:
Finally, if your child has a tumor in the sinuses or near the orbit, a spinal tap will be performed to see whether the tumor has spread into the spinal fluid.
The results of these tests are used to determine what stage the tumor is in (I, II, III, or IV). It is very important to correctly stage the tumor, because the amount of treatment given to your child depends upon the tumor size and stage. After your doctors have established a diagnosis and have staged the disease, they will develop a treatment plan. The treatment plan will depend on the size of the tumor, the potential of surgery to remove the tumor, the amount of tumor left after surgery, the presence of cancer cells in regional lymph nodes, and whether or not there has been metastasis.