What is the role of a primary care provider in the treatment of pediatric neuroblastoma?

Updated: Oct 09, 2017
  • Author: Norman J Lacayo, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Management by primary care provider is as follows:

  • With oncology team supervision, routine care can be carried out by the primary care provider for patient convenience.

  • Monitoring of blood counts or chemistries and administration of blood products are common.

  • Some primary care providers with experience in the treatment of febrile neutropenia may be able to manage this complication of chemotherapy. Patients may quickly destabilize upon initiation of antibiotic therapy; thus, access to critical care services is required.

  • Maintain close contact with subspecialists and transfer the patient to the pediatric oncology center for any complications that may require specialized care.


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