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A unique place for pediatric cancer care

CCH Newsletter - Spring 2013

The Children’s Cancer Hospital is a special place where young patients receive the latest in treatment options, personalized cancer therapy and opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

Comprehensive care in a family-centered environment

Multidisciplinary teams come together in partnership with the patient and family to decide on the best course of care. A dedicated chaplain, child life specialists, pediatric pharmacists, teachers, psychologists and medical interpreters work collaboratively with a patient’s medical team to provide comprehensive care.

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Primary focus is cancer

Serving children since MD Anderson opened its doors, the Children’s Cancer Hospital sees more types of cancer than any other children’s hospital in Texas, treating more rare cancers in a single day than most physicians see in a lifetime.

A hospital within the No. 1 cancer center in America*

Pediatric and adult oncologists at MD Anderson collaborate to bring the latest cancer therapies to pediatric patients, including access to the nation’s largest Phase I clinical trial program and the largest stem cell transplantation and cell therapy program.

Leading-edge technologies and therapies not found at most hospitals

Patients have access to proton therapy, BrainSUITE®, robotic surgery, PET/CT fusion imaging as well as novel surgical procedures performed solely by MD Anderson pediatric surgeons.

Programs tailored toward adolescents and young adults

Often overlooked at many hospitals, the teen and young adult patient population has resources dedicated to serving their unique needs at MD Anderson, including a fertility clinic, teen and young adult patient advisory councils, vocational counseling and targeted clinical practices.

Focus on survivorship

The Children’s Cancer Hospital pioneered survivorship at MD Anderson, forming its own Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic that follows childhood survivors into adulthood. In addition, the ON (Optimizing Nutrition) to Life Program targets patients, survivors and the general public to understand nutrition’s relationship with cancer and treatment and to encourage healthier eating behaviors.

Although pediatric cancer is rare, the cancers that develop in this younger age group are often very different from those seen in adults. Dissimilarities in tumor pathology appearance, signs and symptoms of the disease and response to treatment are common. The MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital is equipped to provide exceptional pediatric and adolescent cancer care.

*MD Anderson is ranked No. 1 in cancer care in U.S. News and World Report's 2012-2013 "Best Hospitals" survey.

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