About Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers
And so we fight
At Texas Children’s Cancer Center, we are proud to say we help children fight and defeat cancer every single day. When we opened in 1954, only one in every 10 children with cancer survived. We’ve made considerable progress in improving outcomes for children with cancer since then. Today, more than 80 percent of children who are diagnosed with cancer will successfully fight the battle and be cured. However, the war with cancer will not be over until we have a cure for each and every child who is impacted by this disease.
The good news is, tremendous progress has been made. With powerful new weapons in our arsenal, and incredible breakthroughs in technology and genetics, every day we uncover more information about what causes cancer and how to beat it, because losing even one child to cancer is still one too many. and so we fight.
The war on pediatric cancer
Since the 1950s, Texas Children’s has waged war on childhood cancer. In six decades, we went from having no cures, no specialists and little knowledge about the disease to possessing a staggering amount of knowledge into what causes pediatric cancer and how to beat it.
In the early days, one of the primary difficulties facing researchers and physicians was that there weren’t enough children with the same type of cancer at any one center to perform meaningful clinical trials. To combat this, regional and national cooperative research groups, such as the Children’s Oncology Group, were formed.
By pooling resources, adopting common standards and enrolling patients in large enough numbers to develop the necessary anticancer drugs and treatment protocols, the overall pediatric cancer survival rate spiked dramatically in just a few decades. This unprecedented story of collaboration is considered one of the greatest feats in modern American medicine.
At Texas Children’s Cancer Center, we’re proud of the many contributions our team and our leaders have made over the past sixty years that have helped push the science – and the survival rates – of pediatric oncology to new heights.
On the front lines
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer for a child is one of the worst moments in any parent’s life. There are a million questions that come to mind, a fear of the unknown and many other mixed emotions. Families want to know that their child is being cared for by the best experts in the field and receiving the most advanced therapies available.
At Texas Children’s Cancer Center, we offer every child state-of-the-art treatment, honesty, transparency, compassion and guidance through each step of the journey – based on a wealth of knowledge and experience.
As one of the best pediatric cancer centers in the world, with access to the most innovative treatments, research and clinical trial networks in the world, we’re uniquely equipped to provide this kind of care.
If there’s anything our patients need, we’ll get it for them. It’s all part of our promise to be there, fighting this battle with our patients and their families as if it were our own.
So, to the parents who are in the grips of that unspeakable fear, at least we can honestly say: “There’s no better place for your child than right here.”
Among the Best Children's Cancer Centers in the Nation
As one of the largest pediatric cancer and hematology centers in the United States, and the #1 in Texas, we provide medical treatment for patients with childhood cancer and childhood blood disorders. The nationally acclaimed children's clinic, along with the research and drug development programs, is considered by U.S. News & World Report to be among the best children's hospitals for cancer. Our world-renowned staff of nearly 200 faculty and over 1,000 employees have pioneered many of the now standard protocols for treating and curing pediatric cancer and blood disorders. In addition, we provide a full range of pediatric subspecialty care available in-house 24 hours a day and treat all pediatric cancer and blood disorders, even the rarest disorders. Over 4,000 new patients are diagnosed each year, making us one of the largest pediatric cancer and hematology programs in the United States. Over the past ten years, our patients have traveled from 50 states and 56 countries to receive care at our Centers. We know that the diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder is traumatic for both the child and the family. As a leader in family-centered care, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers provide personalized, comprehensive services that address both the physical and emotional aspects of the disease.
Working as a Team to Cure Kids
Treatment is organized around diagnosis-specific treatment teams. By working together as a team, patients benefit from the combined talents and expertise of some of the best physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and child life specialists. Patients are seen by the same doctors, nurses, and social workers on an ongoing basis to provide a sense of trust, safety, and comfort. Children and teens receive some of the best care in the world for their disease because they are monitored by an entire team, rather the a single doctor, allowing the patient the best chance to receive comprehensive cancer control. "Universal" programs care for all children with cancer and blood disorders, such as the Psychosocial Program and the Long Term Survivor Program.
Experts in Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
As specialists in the treatment of all pediatric cancer and pediatric blood disorders, and as experts in childhood cancer and childhood blood disorder research, we have developed treatment programs and centers to cure children with the most common and the most rare forms of all childhood cancer and blood diseases.
To provide personalized, high-quality, family-centered care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders; to discover and implement innovative laboratory research and treatment advances aimed at curing and preventing childhood cancer and blood disorders; and to provide world-class training and education for current and future leaders in the field.
Groundbreaking Research and Innovative Therapies
As a recognized leader in clinical and laboratory research in pediatric hematology and oncology, we translate break-through research findings from the laboratory into the clinic.
- The Bone Marrow Transplant Program / Stem Cell Transplant Program has the largest pediatric transplant unit in the southwest. As one of the premier stem cell and BMT programs in the United States, the program expanded the availability of bone marrow transplant donors, which allows an increasing number of patients to receive potentially curative bone marrow transplants
- The Brain Tumor Program is one of the most comprehensive treatment and research programs of its kind
- The Developmental Therapeutics Program is a major center for the development of novel pediatric cancer treatments. The nationally-recognized program is recognized for its development of immune and vaccine therapies for pediatric cancer.
- The Histiocytosis Program is the largest histiocytosis treatment clinic in the world
- The Leukemia Program is one of the largest in the country and leads the nation in the development of an innovative approach to treat infants with leukemia that has improved the survival rate from 30 percent to 75 percent
- The Lymphoma Program is one of the only programs in the country with a dedicated focus on childhood lymphoma and lymphoproliferative disorders.
- The Solid Tumor Programs allow patients to receive treatment from doctors with an extensive expertise in the treatment of rare childhood tumors.
- The Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program focuses on the genetic predisposition to childhood cancer, and provides DNA diagnostic studies, screening tests for at-risk families and counseling services.
- The Long Term Survivor Program is one of the only long-term childhood cancer survivor programs in the nation that sees survivors through adulthood
- The Palliative Care Program is a family-centered, multidisciplinary effort that focuses on relieving suffering and maximizing quality of life in patients with serious illnesses.
- The Psychosocial Support Program provides comprehensive psychosocial support through unique arts, music, counseling and recreational programs
- Pioneered the Passport for Care® Application, a comprehensive Web-based application for care of childhood cancer survivors
- The Hematology Center offers comprehensive services for the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with blood diseases.