The Cancer Center team includes Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital’s Department of Pediatric Surgery, which includes some of the region’s most respected pediatric surgeons. The surgical excision of primary tumors plays a major part in the treatment of solids tumors in the abdomen, chest, head, neck and extremities. The cancer surgery team performs diagnostic and excisional biopsies using advanced techniques including the newest minimally invasive technologies for cancer surgery, such as thoracoscopy and laparoscopy (videosurgery). The surgeons also place intravenous access for children requiring long-term chemotherapy. The team’s use of smaller IV devices in surgery for cancer has led to a decrease in the incidence of catheter-related complications.
All members of the surgical team are board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. They have special expertise in pediatric tumors and regularly attend ongoing educational programs to keep abreast of advanced therapies. The surgical team also participates in national research protocols.
Nicklaus Children's Division of Neurosurgery is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including tumors of the brain and spinal cord. The division’s pediatric neurosurgeons are nationally recognized leaders in the field and are the only physicians in the region to be certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. The division features the latest neurosurgical equipment, including intra-operative, neuro-navigational systems that allow the surgeon to integrate preoperative imagery with the operative procedure. Other advances available through the Division of Neurosurgery include an MRI Functional Imagery Center that pinpoints brain function and motor skills, thereby enhancing cancer surgery outcomes.
Orthopedic Surgical Services
For tumors involving the musculoskeletal system, Nicklaus Children's Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers full evaluation and treatment, including prescribing and interpreting imaging and testing, as well as performing biopsies and definitive cancer surgery treatment, when indicated. The orthopedic surgical team is one of the region’s most experienced in the removal of pediatric tumors, limb salvaging and reconstruction of children’s extremities following tumor removal. The team is one of the few in the region to utilize a new internally implanted device that makes it possible for a child’s leg to grow through a series of nonsurgical adjustments, eliminating the need for future leg-lengthening surgeries. The department also coordinates rehabilitative care of the patient following cancer surgery.