At City of Hope, our Pediatric Cancer Program offers both outstanding medical treatment and psychosocial support to young cancer patients and their family members.
Pediatric oncologists, hematologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists and other specialists work in concert to develop a targeted, effective treatment plan.
If your child has been diagnosed with pediatric leukemia or lymphoma or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-4673. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.
City of Hope has been named a best hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report for over a decade and a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, the highest designation that recognizes our commitment to cancer treatment, research and education.
Our program treats patients with a range of leukemias and lymphomas, including:
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and the most common cancer in children, accounting for approximately 40 percent of all cancer diagnoses in children.
Healthy cells form in the bone marrow and mature into red blood cells (to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues), white blood cells (to fight infections) and platelets (to stop bleeding).
In patients with leukemia, these cells do not mature as they should or they transform into irregular blood cells that do not function normally.
Lymphomas are cancers that develop in the body’s lymphatic system and are the third most common pediatric cancer, after leukemia and brain tumors.
Common symptoms of pediatric lymphoma include:
At City of Hope, our team of pediatric experts provides comprehensive care for children with leukemia and lymphoma. We treat newly diagnosed patients, patients referred to us from other centers who come to City of Hope to continue their treatment and those who have experienced a relapse.
Each type of childhood cancer is treated differently, based on what has been found to be most effective in destroying the particular type of cancer cell.
The most common type of cancer treatment for leukemia and lymphoma is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is treatment with anti-cancer drugs that are given into a vein, muscle, the cerebrospinal fluid or taken in pill form.
Except in the case of cerebrospinal fluid, chemo drugs enter the bloodstream and reach all areas of the body, making this treatment very helpful in treating cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
Immunotherapy, or treatment that uses certain parts of the immune system to fight cancer, may be used as well.
In some cases, radiation therapy may be recommended. Radiation therapy uses focused, high-energy X-rays or other forms of radiation to kill cancer cells.
City of Hope is a leader in the use of radiation to treat cancers. Our advanced technologies and experienced staff can plan and deliver radiation precisely to the bone marrow, where leukemia originates, while sparing nearby organs and tissues. This results in fewer radiation-associated side effects while maintaining excellent clinical outcomes.
For children who fail to respond to treatment or experience a relapse, City of Hope has a renowned program in stem cell transplantation.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat pediatric leukemia and lymphoma, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.
Adolescents and young adults may be eligible for clinical studies and novel treatments available for adult patients at City of Hope, while still benefitting from the patient and family-centered approach of the pediatric program.
Your child may have the opportunity to participate in a research study or clinical trial through our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and our designation as one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. More information about our pediatric cancer research, including ongoing clinical trials, is available on City of Hope’s Clinical Trials.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your loved ones take each step during and after your leukemia treatment.
We can help with all of the following concerns, and more:
For more information about the supportive care programs we offer, please contact the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at 626-218-2273 (CARE).
A unique benefit of being treated at City of Hope is that we treat young children, adolescents and young adults, ensuring a continuum of care through the years for this special group of patients.
The majority of children diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma are cured; however, there can be long-term side effects. Our Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program clinic is specially designed to meet the follow-up needs of childhood cancer survivors, who are evaluated annually by a team of health care professionals with expertise in survivorship issues.
The Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma psychosocial team, which includes psychologists, social workers and child life specialists, are available to answer your questions and provide support tailored to your unique situation. The team includes: