The department of Pediatric Hemato Oncology at Aster MIMS Calicut was started in Jan 2021. It is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of children with blood disorders as blood disorders in pediatric group are different from adults.
The department of Pediatric Hematology at Aster MIMS Calicut cares for children with the following disorders:
- Anaemia- such as Nutritional Anemias, Thalassemia, Sickle cell disease, hereditary spherocytosis, Pure red cell aplasia, Diamond Blackfan anemia, etc
- Bleeding disorders
- Coagulation disorders
- Thrombocytopenia or low platelets
- Leucopenia (low white blood cell count) or neutropenia (low neutrophil count)
- Aplastic anaemia
- Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes
- Splenomegaly and disorders of splenic function
- Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
- Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH)
- Primary Immunodeficiency disorders
- Inborn errors of metabolism
- Blood cancers
The division of Pediatric Oncology at MIMS Calicut, comprises of a dedicated team of doctors and nurses who are well trained and experienced in caring children with cancer.
Childhood cancers are highly curable and more than 80% can be cured. The commonest childhood cancers are leukemia (blood cancer)and brain tumors. Other cancers in children are lymphoma (cancer of lymphnodes), neuroblastoma (adrenal gland) , wilms tumor (kidney), sarcoma ( muscles and bones) and other cancers are treated here.
We have weekly tumor board meetings, where cases are discussed. We are well supported by specialists like pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, radio oncology and orthopedics oncology in delivering services to the children
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
Aster MIMS, Calicut has a 4 bedded bone marrow transplant unit as per the standard JCI guidelines. All the 4 rooms are having Positive Pressure Ventilation, HEPA filtration units and well trained Nurses with 1:1 care. The Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation is headed by Dr KV Gangadharan, DM Medical Oncology, Head of Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology.Two full time Hematologists presently providing services are
- Dr. Kesavan M R ( Pediatric Hemato-Oncologist & Bone Marrow Transplant Physician.MBBS, MD Pediatrics, FNB Pediatric Hemato-Oncology
- Dr. Sudeep V. (Clinical Hematologist, Hemato-Oncologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician) MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine), PDCC (HematoOncology), DM (Clinical Hematology, AIIMS)
Bone Marrow Transplant has been successfully conducted in Aster MIMS Calicut in April as young as 6 months as old as 60 years.
Both Allogenic and Autologous Transplant services are provided here.
Total Body Irradiation (TBI) facility is available here with the help of Radiation Oncology Department.
The First TCR –Alpha Beta Depleted Haplo Identical Stem Cell Transplant in entire Kerala was done at MIMS Calicut.
Transplant Services are offered for the following conditionsat Aster MIMS, Calicut presently
- Autologous : Neuroblastoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia.
- Allogenic Transplant
- Benign Conditions.
Aplastic Anemia, Fanconi Anemia and other Inherited Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes, Sickle Cell Anemia, Thalassemia, Primary Immune Deficiency, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Osteopetrosis, Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome, Glanzmann Thrombasthenia, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis.
- Malignant Conditions.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia with Blast crisis, Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome ,Non Hodgkin Lymphoma.
- Benign Conditions.
Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.
How often should my child see the paediatrician?
Your child should not only see the paediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or check-ups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another.
Are vaccines safe?
Vaccines are extremely safe and serious side effects are rare. Almost all sickness or discomfort after vaccination is minor and temporary, such as soreness at the injection site or mild fever.
Why is immunization important for a child's health?
Immunization is a simple and effective way of protecting children from serious diseases. Vaccines work by triggering the immune system to fight against certain diseases. If a vaccinated person comes in contact with these diseases, their immune system is able to respond more effectively, preventing the disease.
Why should I come to Aster MIMS hospital for Paediatric treatment?
Aster MIMS Hospital has a wide range of paediatric services and treatments that are available under one roof. We believe that children deserve to be treated with understanding and care and to receive the highest quality health care. Aster Mims is specifically designed to take care of the whole child through a family-centred approach to medicine.