Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (302896)
Myriam Ben Arush
Specialized in: pediatric hematology, oncology
About the department
The Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa offers the full range of diagnostics and treatment of benign and malignant hematopoietic diseases, solid tumors in children from birth to the age of 20 years. The department's doctors also specialize in bone marrow transplantation. The department is the largest and the only facility of this kind in northern Israel. It is noteworthy that the success rates of this facility reach 80%, which is comparable to the registered ones in Western Europe and the United States. The Chief Physician of the department is Prof. Dr. med. Myriam Ben Arush.
The key to successful treatment is the accurate diagnostics. The department carries out all modern examinations, which allow the doctors to determine the location of the tumor, its histological type, size, presence or absence of metastases. The diagnostic options include radioisotope scanning, genetic tests, computed tomography, PET-CT, magnetic resonance imaging, electron and laser microscopy, cytological and histological examination, endoscopic examinations, blood tests, urinalysis and other highly informative techniques. The examination results help to select the optimal treatment regimen for each patient.
The treatment protocol for neoplastic diseases in children may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. To provide radiation therapy for young children, the department uses equipment, which causes the least amount of side effects. Also, the specialists in pediatric hematology successfully perform bone marrow transplant (more than 400 transplant procedures during the entire clinical practice). In order to prevent infection after bone marrow transplantation, the young patients are accommodated in separate sterile rooms.
In those cases, when the surgical intervention is indicated for a child, the department's oncologists try to use minimally invasive techniques. The department widely uses laparoscopy, cryoablation, laser surgery, focused ultrasound, isolated regional vascular perfusion, embolization of tumor vessels, etc.
The best Israeli specialists work in the department. The young patients receive medical care from a multidisciplinary medical team consisting of experts in pediatric oncology and hematology, surgery, radiology, rehabilitology and psycho-oncology.
The department's range of medical services includes:
- Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Bone marrow transplant
- Palliative care
- Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
- Liver tumors
- Embryonic tumors
- Thyroid cancer
- Nephroblastoma and Wilms tumor
- Tumors of the adrenal glands and abdominal organs
- Germ cell tumors
- Surgical treatment, including the very latest sparing surgical techniques
- Radiation therapy
- Other diseases, other treatment methods
Prof. Myriam Ben Arush is the Chief Physician of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Rambam Health care Campus Haifa. She is a former Chair of the Israel Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology and an internationally recognized expert in Pediatric Oncology. Prof. Ben Arush received a prize from the Ministry of Health for Outstanding Work and the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in France. She was named one of the most caring physicians in the world by the World Medical Association for her exceptionally insightful and empathetic voice in professional discussions of the ethical, psychosocial and quality of life aspects of pediatric cancer care.
She is also a Professor in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). Prof. Ben Arush has actively participated in a wide range of clinical and basic research projects and initiatives in Pediatric Oncology. Her main research interests are the diagnostics and management of solid tumors. She is the national principal investigator in rhabdomyosarcoma and an international member of the Children's Oncology Group in the USA and other European organizations. Prof. Ben Arush has published about 150 articles in international journals. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and an Editor of a book on psychosocial aspects in pediatric oncology.
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