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Dr. Ammar Morad
Childhood cancer is the second most common cause of death in children in the United States. However, for the 40-plus known cases in southwest Louisiana, there is help available right here in Acadiana. Dr. Ammar Morad, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist on staff at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders.
Dr. Morad states that the three most common types of cancer found in children are leukemia, brain tumors and lymphoma. Treatment of these disorders can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation. According to the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, survival rates for most childhood cancers are favorable. Almost all children are now treated with curative intent and in most cases treatments are successful. In fact, Dr. Morad states that cure rates for all childhood cancers nationwide are approximately 75 percent.
Some signs and symptoms parents should be aware of are:
- morning headaches and/or vomiting
- lump in the neck
- mass in the abdomen
- bone pain
- swollen face and neck
- white dot in eye
- swollen eye
- chronic drainage from ear
- vaginal bleeding
- continued unexplained weight loss
Dr. Morad completed his residency training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 1989 and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Baylor College of Medicine’s Texas Children’s Cancer Center in 1993. Before opening his own private practice in Dallas in 2000, Dr. Morad was an instructor in pediatric hematology-oncology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine as well as an assistant professor in pediatric hematology-oncology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas.
Dr. Morad’s office is in the Kids Specialty Center located at 4704 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. For appointments or more information call (337) 371-3101.