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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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”

Four Diamonds Assistance – Who Benefits and How?

  1. Any patient who has been a Pennsylvania resident for more than one year (or who has moved to Pennsylvania for a non-medical related reason); and
  2. Is under the age of 22 when diagnosed with cancer; and
  3. Is receiving primary oncology care at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

THON 2015 Fundraising Total In addition to supporting innovative research, Four Diamonds provides direct support for medical expenses not covered by insurance, ensuring that all patients treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital receive the medical care they require, regardless of cost.