Learning that a child has cancer is one of the most devastating pieces of news a parent can ever receive. Every day, City of Hope’s team of physicians and researchers study the science behind childhood cancers and care for children with cancer and blood disorders.
Our team of pediatric experts provides innovative and comprehensive care for children, adolescents and young adults. We offer 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 collaborate to develop targeted and effective treatment plans, while acknowledging the emotional, cognitive, social and psychological needs of our patients. Professionals in psychology, social work, child life, physical, occupational and recreational therapy, music therapy and school reintegration provide individual attention and group activities for patients and their families.
City of Hope's Pediatric Cancer Program provides special accommodations for children, adolescents and young adults (AYA). Keeping the patient at the center of our efforts, our environment features rooms with comfortable sleeper chairs for parents who wish to stay overnight, video game systems and internet access, as well as communal areas — an activity center, AYA room and family room that features a warming kitchen and library — where our patients are encouraged to develop social connections.
The Pediatric Cancer Program specializes in the treatment of childhood cancers and blood disorders, including:
Leukemia: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia
Lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Kidney and reproductive system tumors: Wilm’s tumor and germ cell tumors
Bleeding and clotting diseases, including hemophilia, ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura), blood clots and platelet disorders
Red blood cell disorders, including: various forms of anemia, sickle cell disease and iron deficiency
Bone marrow and neutrophil disorders, including aplastic anemia, storage diseases and neutropenia
Hematopoietic stem cell transplant, bone marrow transplant and cord blood transplant
With the ever-increasing number of survivors of childhood cancer, we also emphasize long-term survivorship — continued surveillance to monitor and proactively address long-term effects of childhood cancer — through our childhood cancer survivorship program.