A pandemic is a difficult time to live through when you are healthy. Managing kids with cancer and hematologic diseases brings on many more challenges. We checked in with the Hematology-Oncology team to see how things are going.
Which measures have been adjusted on the unit to work through the crisis?
Breaking routine is not easy for anyone, especially children and teens. Inpatients (patients admitted to the hospital for more than one day) have adjusted well by using online platforms that allow fun and dynamic communication from a distance. If a parent or guardian visits the inpatient unit, they face new measures such as restricted access to the kitchen, in order to respect physical distancing rules.
Unprecedented Canada-wide movement to improve pediatric cancer treatment
Researchers at Sainte-Justine and the Montreal Children’s Hospital join
20 other Canadian research partners as part of a $16-million initiative
Montreal, November 23, 2017 – In Canada, cancer remains the leading cause of illness-related death in children. In an effort to accelerate research breakthroughs and ensure a faster path to a cure for children living with resistant, recurrent or metastatic cancer, more than 30 pediatric research centres and non-profit organizations are joining forces to support the PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE (PROFYLE) program, an initiative of the Terry Fox Research Institute. This unique partnership represents $16.4 million in funding, over a quarter of which will come from Quebec.
Terry Fox PROFYLE seeks to tap into world-renowned Canadian expertise in genomics and pediatric oncology. The program uses real-time molecular profiling to personalize treatment for patients with tumours that are difficult to treat with conventional therapy, no matter where they live in Canada. Eight-year-old Karl from the greater Montreal area is one of these patients.