Challenging Case Benefits from Treatment Approach, Best Practices and Access to a Clinical Trial in Pediatric Brain Tumors

When a child develops a severe medical condition such as a brain tumor, it is natural for parents to want “the best care.” Fortunately, Penn State Hershey Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery are nationally ranked repeatedly by U.S. News & World Report, and employ some of America’s Top Doctors®. According to Mark S. Dias, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and director, pediatric neurosurgery, “The outstanding outcomes at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital result from a multidisciplinary team that covers every aspect of patient care.” This team includes pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric oncologists, pediatric general surgeons, a dedicated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with board-certified pediatric critical care medicine specialists, pediatric neuroradiologists and specially-trained support staff such as pediatric nurses, therapists, Child Life specialists and neuropathologists.

CT Scan
CT scans revealed an enormous left-sided tumor measuring approximately 8 cm by 9 cm that took up more than a quarter of Kaylahni Laboy’s brain at 6 months of age.

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Newborn Weight Tool Addresses Major Clinical Gap for Pediatricians

For the first time, a new online tool is helping pediatricians and parents determine worrisome amounts of weight loss in breastfed newborns. The Newborn Weight Tool, or NEWT, is an interactive weight loss chart using data from more than 100,000 exclusively breastfed babies born between 2009 and 2013. It was developed by Ian Paul, M.D., Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Eric Schaefer, a statistician at Penn State College of Medicine, and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente. NEWT enables health care professionals to compare an individual newborn’s weight loss with a large sample size – similar to the way in which growth charts are used – to start interventions early, when needed. However, it’s mostly used to help reassure new parents that their babies are receiving enough nourishment from breastfeeding during the first days after birth. Continue reading “Newborn Weight Tool Addresses Major Clinical Gap for Pediatricians”

Four Diamonds Pediatric Oncology Research Center Impacted More Than 500 Lives throughout Pennsylvania in 2014

More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S., and while 80 percent of children survive, one in five die within five years.1 Penn State Hershey is committed to improving those outcomes through its Four Diamonds’ Pediatric Oncology Research Center. The Center has been led by Chief of Pediatric Oncology Barbara Miller, M.D., since 2005, and has grown substantially in that time. Continue reading “Four Diamonds Pediatric Oncology Research Center Impacted More Than 500 Lives throughout Pennsylvania in 2014”