As part of a top cancer center, the Children’s Cancer Hospital provides cutting-edge treatments and comprehensive care for every possible stage of the cancer journey. Here are just some of the diagnosis and treatment options that we offer.
Proton therapy: A type of radiation that targets tumors precisely, sparing healthy tissue and limiting side effects. This is particularly important for children, whose bodies are still developing.
BrainSUITE: An imaging system that provides real-time views of a tumor site during neurosurgery, allowing for more precise operations.
PET/CT fusion imaging: An imaging technique that helps doctors locate hard-to-find tumors. One portion of the scan takes X-ray cross-sections of the body. The other shows how a tumor is responding to treatment. The two are combined in one image, helping doctors locate the cancer and decide how to treat it.
Pediatric clinical trials: MD Anderson researchers are constantly developing new treatments. Your doctor may decide that a clinical trial is best for your child and give you the choice to participate.
Childhood BMT/cell therapy: A bone marrow transplant, or stem cell therapy, replaces defective or damaged cells in patients whose normal blood cells have been crowded out by cancerous cells. Transplants also can be used to treat hereditary disorders like sickle cell anemia or to help patients recover from or better tolerate cancer treatment. The Children’s Cancer Hospital was one of the first centers in the world to offer this treatment to pediatric patients.
Pediatric critical care: For patients who experience setbacks during treatment and require extra care and medical attention. Our pediatric critical care services include specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and child life specialists. We also offer ventilation management, intravenous access assistance, resuscitation support and end-of-life support. The service includes all-private rooms equipped with a guest bed for caregivers. Parents are allowed to stay 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic: A program dedicated to helping survivors overcome physical, psychological and developmental problems that result from cancer or its treatments. Because we've successfully treated thousands of patients, we can predict many long-term side effects and create monitoring and treatment programs to minimize their impact.