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Fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist heads up Akron Children's new Brain Tumor Clinic

Akron Children's offers brain tumor clinic

Sarah Rush, MD

02-21-2013

With the on-boarding of pediatric neuro-oncologist Sarah Zieber Rush, MD, Akron Children’s Hospital now offers a comprehensive Brain Tumor Clinic for children and teens.

Dr. Rush has joined Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and will be heading up the brain tumor clinic in close consultation with the hospital’s divisions of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neuropsychology.

As a pediatric neuro-oncologist, her primary clinical interest is tumors of the brain, brainstem and spine.

“Thankfully, the vast majority of brain tumors in children are benign,” said Dr. Rush. “But even benign tumors can cause many complications and deficits. These patients often need interventions such physical, occupational and speech therapy and may need a little extra support at school as they recover.”

Dr. Rush, a native of Norwalk, Ohio, returns to Akron Children’s, where she completed her pediatrics residency and served as chief resident between 2002 and 2006.

She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neuro-oncology at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.   

“Great strides have been made in diagnosing and treating tumors in children in the past 20 years,” she said. “MRIs, in particular, keep getting better and better at helping us pinpoint the location of a tumor.”

Along with the advances in technology and treatments is greater recognition that children with cancer - and their families - need lots of support. Depending on the patient’s needs, the team at Akron Children’s may include pediatric neurosurgery, neuropsychology , neurology, endocrinology, psychology, physiatry, palliative care, ophthalmology, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and social work.

About the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer

Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer ranks in the top third of pediatric cancer centers in the United States based on the number of new cases seen each year.

It is one of only 12 oncology programs to be recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a “Pediatric Cancer Program.” As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest childhood cancer research group, Akron Children’s follows National Cancer Institute-approved treatment protocols, ensuring patients have access to the most current treatment recommendations.

A Cancer Survivorship Program, Sickle Cell Program, Stem Cell Transplant Program, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center, Infusion Center and Young Women’s Bleeding Disorder Clinic are among the center’s specialty programs.

For more information, call 330-543-8580.

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