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Hematology-Oncology Division

Division Director: Barkat Hooda, MD, Director
Members: Akila Muthukumar, MD

Comprehensive care of infants, children, and adolescents with cancer
and blood disorders.

KNOW THE SIGNS - Childhood Cancer Awareness

Cancer can sometimes be hard to detect in children and it’s rare. Still, as a parent or guardian, you need to be aware of the symptoms of childhood cancer. Observe your child for any sudden, persistent changes in health or behavior as listed below. These symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is NOT cancer, such as injury and infection. However, always seek medical attention and consult with your doctor if symptoms persist. Work with your healthcare provider as a team, the diagnosis of cancer may be a long process.

  • Unexplained paleness and loss of energy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent morning headaches, often associated with vomiting
  • An unusual lump or swelling
  • Easy bruising
  • An ongoing pain in one area of the body
  • Sudden eye or vision changes
  • Unexplained fever or illness

Some children may have a higher chance of developing a specific type of cancer because of certain rare gene changes they inherit from a parent. These children may need careful, regular medical check-ups that include special tests to look for early signs of cancer.


Revised 09/09/2015