Pediatric Health Urology Education Fund
Pediatric urology is a surgical subspecialty of medicine dealing with the disorders of children's genitourinary systems. Pediatric urologists provide care for both boys and girls ranging from birth to early adult age. The most common problems are those of congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract and reproductive organs, disorders of urination, and acquired conditions such as urinary tract stones, injuries to the urinary tract, and tumors of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and testes. Some of the conditions are recognized before the babies are born, and the parents often will seek the expertise of a pediatric urologist to help them with the burden of worrying about a possible problem with their unborn child. Clinics are filled with children suffering from urologic conditions and there is very little patient information to help guide families through these challenges.
"There is a desperate need for tools to help educate parents on the urologic conditions their children face. The positive side of pediatric urology is that many of the conditions are very manageable and can be well treated, but we don't have sufficient tools to educate parents and patients with the basic information to learn about the conditions and what can be done about them," states Dr. T. Ernesto Figueroa, FAAP, FACS, Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE. "When the parents are informed about a condition, they can then make the best decisions for their children."
"It is very important, patient education affects outcomes which improves the quality of life for these children and their families. This is the one area in urology where the Foundation can have a huge impact. Unlike other areas of urology like prostate cancer, patient education in pediatric urology is woefully underfunded. The need is great. We will improve the lives of children and their families. Nothing can be more meaningful than that." (Dr. Figueroa)
To make a difference, please contact Cynthia Duncan at cduncan@UrologyCareFoundation.org or 410-689-4064.