Coming of age with cancer: ACE helps young survivors thrive
February 9, 2022
Daniel Bowers, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at UT Southwestern. He also is Medical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Children’s Health, as well as Medical Director of the After the Cancer Experience program for childhood cancer survivors.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, Dr. Bowers earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern. He completed his residency in general pediatrics at UT Southwestern and performed his fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Bowers is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group and serves on the central nervous system tumors committee, where his role is to develop new treatments for low-grade gliomas in children. He soon will be leading a national clinical trial for children with recurrent low-grade gliomas.
Dr. Bowers is an expert in understanding the long-term side effects seen among childhood brain tumor survivors. He has studied the development of secondary brain tumors after treatment for a primary brain tumor, as well as the risk of stroke after brain tumor treatment.
He was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018 and has been named as a favorite oncology professional by CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. He serves on the advisory committee on childhood cancers for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and as a member of the board of directors of the Clayton Dabney Foundation.
He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and the Society for Pediatric Research.
Pediatric neuro-oncologist Daniel Bowers, M.D., cares for children with brain tumors, along with other members of the pediatric brain tumor multidisciplinary team, including pediatric neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric neurologists, neuro-radiologists, and neuro-pathologists.
Dr. Bowers designs and implements nonsurgical treatment plans that may include chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and he manages any medical complications that may arise during treatment.
As Medical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Children’s Health, Dr. Bowers strongly believes in the care his team provides.
“We offer the most advanced treatment that can be found anywhere in the world for a child with a brain tumor,” he says. “Our outstanding group of doctors is unmatched. You can get it all right here.”
With two children of his own, Dr. Bowers treats patients the way he hopes his kids would be treated if they were going through a similar situation. He seeks to offer hope to families, no matter their situation.
“I’ve learned through experience that just because statistics say that a situation looks bleak, there are exceptions, and there absolutely are reasons to keep trying and seeking out new treatments or trying new things because sometimes they do work, or at least they help, and you can learn from them,” he says.
In addition to his clinical care of children with brain tumors, Dr. Bowers leads the After the Cancer Experience program at Children’s Health, a childhood cancer survivorship program that monitors survivors of childhood cancer for long-term effects they may have from their cancer treatment or the cancer itself.
As more children survive their cancer diagnosis, we know that about two-thirds of them have some long-term complication and about one-third will have what is considered a severe or life-threatening complication.
“When we monitor these children as they grow, we can intervene if something starts to change or go wrong and help them through it,” he says.
Dr. Bowers is well known nationally for his understanding of the long-term side effects seen among childhood brain tumor survivors.