Saving a Toddler with a Huge Liver Tumor: a Hadassah Patient Success Story
Diagnosed with an extremely large liver tumor, two-year-old Ilana was treated by the Hadassah University Medical Center's multidisciplinary team with an individualized course of chemotherapy directly into the arteries of her liver. Despite the difficulty of such a procedure in a small child weighing less than 22 pounds, Ilana is now a happy, healthy baby.
Initially, Ilana was given traditional intense chemotherapy, but the tumor remained too large to remove surgically. That's when Hadassah's team devised the intra-arterial chemotherapy and gave Ilana two cycles, which shrunk the tumor tremendously, enabling Hadassah's pediatric surgeons to take it out. Cure of liver tumors in children is possible only with complete surgical removal.
Had the doctors not been able to perform surgery, the only possible approach would have been removal of the entire liver and an immediate liver transplant, explains Dr. Michael Weintraub, head of Hadassah's Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department.
Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Arm, Reviews
When the Hadassah University Medical Center’s physicians suggest a
solution to a medical problem which can lead to the development of a new
medicine or product, Hadasit, Hadassah’s technology transfer arm, explores its
feasibility and supports the promotion of those viable ideas with innovation
potential. Although 2012 has been “a year full of challenges for the life
science industry,” says Einat Zisman, Hadasit’s Chief Executive Officer,
Hadasit still signed 125 agreements for clinical trials, all to be done at
Hadassah. In addition, Hadasit signed 15 agreements for cooperation and
commercialization of technologies that were developed at Hadassah. Click here
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