Dr. Filemon Dela Cruz Jr, MD

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Pediatric Hematology & Oncology | Male

Dr. Filemon Dela Cruz Jr, MD
Pediatric oncology is a rapidly evolving field. Dr. Dela Cruz finds it both humbling and gratifying when he helps patients and families navigate through those first several weeks after a cancer diagnosis and at the beginning of therapy. He also enjoys the long-term follow-up that he has with patients and their families as they complete treatment and resume their lives. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Dela Cruz conducts research in the area of pediatric solid tumors. Specifically, his research efforts are focused on understanding the biology of sarcomas. Dr. Dela Cruz has been developing cell models to understand the development of this heterogeneous group of tumors, with the hope of identifying novel targets to treat these tumors, which are exceedingly difficult to treat once they have metastasized. Dr. Dela Cruz is working to validate a relatively novel approach to treating sarcomas by re-instituting a maturation program in sarcoma cells (since these and many other solid cancers are characterized by an arrest in normal maturation) through a process called "cellular reprogramming." If successful, this approach would represent a novel way of targeting and potentially treating cancer. He also hopes to help develop novel sarcoma therapies through use of a patient- or tumor-centered approach – a form of personalized or "precision" medicine. The technology exists to sequence and establish a genetic signature for each patient's tumor. With this information, the Division may be able to specifically tailor treatment that would most effectively eradicate a patient's cancer while minimizing potential side effects. This is an ongoing project, and Dr. Dela Cruz believes it will be the paradigm for future cancer treatments.

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    Pediatric oncology is a rapidly evolving field. Dr. Dela Cruz finds it both humbling and gratifying when he helps patients and families navigate through those first several weeks after a cancer diagnosis and at the beginning of therapy. He also enjoys the long-term follow-up that he has with patients and their families as they complete treatment and resume their lives.

    In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Dela Cruz conducts research in the area of pediatric solid tumors. Specifically, his research efforts are focused on understanding the biology of sarcomas. Dr. Dela Cruz has been developing cell models to understand the development of this heterogeneous group of tumors, with the hope of identifying novel targets to treat these tumors, which are exceedingly difficult to treat once they have metastasized.

    Dr. Dela Cruz is working to validate a relatively novel approach to treating sarcomas by re-instituting a maturation program in sarcoma cells (since these and many other solid cancers are characterized by an arrest in normal maturation) through a process called "cellular reprogramming." If successful, this approach would represent a novel way of targeting and potentially treating cancer.

    He also hopes to help develop novel sarcoma therapies through use of a patient- or tumor-centered approach – a form of personalized or "precision" medicine. The technology exists to sequence and establish a genetic signature for each patient's tumor. With this information, the Division may be able to specifically tailor treatment that would most effectively eradicate a patient's cancer while minimizing potential side effects. This is an ongoing project, and Dr. Dela Cruz believes it will be the paradigm for future cancer treatments.

    Dr. Dela Cruz Jr's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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    •  Specializes in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
    •  Board certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatrics
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    • Pediatrics

    Conditions Treated

    • Acute Leukemia
    • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
    • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
    • Adrenal Gland Cancer
    • All Lymphoma
    • Anal Disorders
    • Anemia
    • Autoimmune Diseases
    • Bleeding Disorders
    • Blood Disorders
    • Bone Cancer
    • Bone Disorders
    • Brain Cancer
    • Brain Disorders
    • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
    • Breast Diseases
    • Burkitt's Lymphoma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
    • Esophageal Diseases
    • Gastrointestinal Diseases
    • Head and Neck Cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Hodgkin's Disease
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Leukocytosis
    • Liver Cancer
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lymphoma
    • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
    • Myeloproliferative Disorders
    • Neutropenia
    • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
    • Osteosarcoma
    • Pancytopenia
    • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
    • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Secondary Malignancies
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
    • Stomach Diseases
    • Testicular Cancer
    • Thymomas
    • Urinary Disorders
    • Vascular Disease
    • Vertebral Column Tumors

    Education

    • Medical School
      University Of California At Davis / School Of Medicine

      Graduated in 2004

    • Internship Hospital
      University of California At San Francisco

      Completed in 2005

    • Residency Hospital
      University of California At San Francisco

      Completed in 2007

    • Fellowship Hospital
      Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons

      Completed in 2010

    • Undergraduate School
      Reed College

      Graduated in 1998

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    Specialties

    • Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
    • Pediatrics

    Procedures Performed

    • Bone Marrow Biopsy
    • Intrathecal Chemotherapy
    • Lumbar Puncture