Treating Pediatric Cancer
Many people don’t even know we treat childhood cancer here at Winship, and yet Dr. Natia Esiashvili sees children and young adults every day.
January 26, 2015
Natia Esiashvili, MD, affectionately known as "Dr. Natia" by her patients, talks about her work with children at Winship Cancer Institute.
As a radiation oncologist specializing in pediatric cancer care, I feel lucky to be able to work with children. Kids are special kinds of patients. They are brave, funny and insightful. They teach me something every day.
People often ask me what it’s like for a child to undergo radiation therapy. Are children scared? Are they anxious?
At Winship, we try to make our kids and families as comfortable and informed as possible during the treatment process and planning. I’d say that the children who come to me for treatment for the first time are anxious and a little frightened about the unknown, as anyone being treated in a hospital would be. The surprising part is that once they are through the initial visit, most of my young patients seem to be less anxious than their adult parents.
Kids are intrigued by the giant machines we use for treatment, our linear accelerators, that, they think, resemble spaceships. They get extra love and attention in our clinic, being the special patients that they are, and they look forward to that. I think this is reassuring to parents.
We learn a lot from our tiny patients.
“Dr. Natia” leads the pediatric radiation oncology service at Winship, the only center performing total body irradiation for bone marrow transplantation in Georgia. She works with a multidisciplinary team of colleagues from the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory, Emory’s Department of Pediatrics and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. With this super group, families being treated at Winship have access to the latest research and finest clinical care for pediatric patients. See her bio.
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