Chris Evert Children's Hospital
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center

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What Do You Know About Nutrition and Cancer?

A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for good health. What effect does diet have on your risk for cancer? Find out by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

1. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day may reduce your risk for certain types of cancer.
2. Eating high-fat animal foods such as red meat won't increase your cancer risk.
3. Studies suggest that people who consume lots of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin A, and carotenoids) from food sources have a lower cancer risk.
4. Limiting your intake of preserved meats may reduce your cancer risk.
5. Eating plenty of foods made from grains, such as bread and cereal, is good for your heart, but may not have an effect on your risk for cancer.
6. Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage) may reduce your cancer risk.
7. Using artificial sweeteners can increase your cancer risk.
8. Drinking red wine or other alcoholic beverages can reduce your cancer risk.
Dr. Roskos with Patient

Our Pediatric Hematology and Oncology program is offered as part of our comprehensive care center at Broward Health Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. Our pediatric oncologists treat all children 0-18 who have been diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders like hemophilia. Because childhood cancer differs from adult cancer in the way it emerges and develops, our program is specially designed for children.

A pediatric research team consisting of doctors, social workers, research workers and pediatric hematology/oncology nurses track the development and deliver diagnosis, treatment and prevention plans for each patient according to their individual needs. As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a national organization of 150 pediatric cancer centers that explore new treatments, we provide the latest clinical research trials for our pediatric oncology patients. Treatment protocols include chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

We also offer services such as advocacy, education, counseling, support groups and other special programs to enhance the quality of life for our patients and their families. We support the normal emotional growth and child development during treatment and post treatment with a family-centered approach.

Our program includes an outpatient clinic for regular doctor’s visits, blood transfusions and other forms of infusion therapies. The special child-friendly inpatient unit for pediatric oncology patients provides access to important elements in childcare, including child-life therapy and in-house classrooms.

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