Patient Care

Department of Pediatric Oncology
In July 1989, a specialist chemotherapy pediatric oncology unit was set up at Sun Yet-Sen university Cancer Center (SYSUCC). From 2002, the Division of Pediatric Oncology was developed as one of six divisions under the Department of Medical Oncology at SYSUCC. The Department of Pediatric Oncology was founded on January 7, 2010. There are 32 pediatric patient beds. A total of 7 pediatric oncologists including one professor and one associate professor. They are in charge of all inpatients and outpatients for pediatric oncology.

The Department of Pediatric Oncology at SYSUCC is the first chemotherapy unit for pediatric cancers in the Cancer Centers of China. It mainly diagnoses and treats malignant tumors of children and teens under the age of 18. Some of the cancers treated include Leukemia, Lymphoma, Neuroblastoma, Brain tumor, Wilms tumor, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Non-rhabdomyosarcoma Soft tissue sarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma/PNET, Osteosarcoma, Germ cell tumor, Hepatoblastoma, Retinoblastoma amongst others. Annually, there are more 400 new diagnoses of children’s cancer.

The department also communicates and cooperates with Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s pediatric oncology departments.

Diagnosis and Treatment
All patients are diagnosed and treated according to international guidelines. Solid Tumor diagnosis is based on pathological diagnosis using tumor biopsy, tumor markers, molecular pathology, images including CT or MRI or PET/CT and/or bone marrow examination. Leukemia and Lymphoma are diagnosed using bone marrow examination, flow cytometry, molecular diagnosis and images. 

Children and adolescents with solid tumors undergo multidisciplinary therapies including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy. Our department is responsible for chemotherapy (prior to and post-surgery). Every week we hold a multidisciplinary discussion for patients with childhood solid tumors. This multidisciplinary team includes pediatric oncologists/hematologists, pediatric surgeons, urology surgeons, radiation therapists, radiologist and/or a pathologist. Patients receive the best possible therapy through multidisciplinary discussion.

Cancer Care
The main tumor types treated in the Department of Pediatric Oncology include malignant lymphoma, Leukemia, Neuroblastoma, Brain tumor, Wilms tumor, Soft tissue sarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma/PNET, Osteosarcoma, Germ cell tumor, Hepatoblastoma, Langerhans cell histiocytosis and Retinoblastoma.

Malignant lymphoma and leukemia are mainly treated with chemotherapy, while most of the solid tumors are treated with multidisciplinary therapy including chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

Specialists
Xiaofei Sun, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatric Oncology
Master Supervisor, clinical oncology

Zijun Zhen, MD. Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Oncology
Master Supervisor, clinical oncology

Zhu Jia, MD. Ph.D
Attending Physician, Department of Pediatric Oncology

Suying Lu, MD.
Attending Physician, Department of Pediatric Oncology

Juan, Wang, MD
Attending Physician, Department of Pediatric Oncology

Feifei Sun, MD. Ph.D
Attending Physician, Department of Pediatric Oncology

Junting Huang, MD. Ph.D
Resident, Department of Pediatric Oncology


Last updated June 2017

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