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The Rare Tumors Program at Texas Children's Cancer Center is the only pediatric rare tumors clinic in the southwest United States. Located at Texas Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care and new treatment options to children and adolescents with rare malignancies.

As part of the largest pediatric cancer center in the United States, The Rare Tumors Program cares for a substantial number of children who have been diagnosed with rare tumors.

Evaluation and Treatment

Rare tumors in children range from cancers that occur only during childhood (e.g., pleuropulmonary blastoma) to cancers that primarily occur in adults but that can rarely occur in children (e.g., melanoma and colorectal cancer). Often, no standard diagnostic or treatment protocols exist for rare tumors. We have developed standardized treatment regimens for multiple childhood rare tumors and when applicable, we use advanced molecular diagnostic techniques to facilitate a timely and accurate diagnoses.

Tumor Registries

We are interested in understanding the biology of rare tumors with the goal of offering more successful therapies for childhood cancer patients. We are also researching ways to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment and achieve better outcomes in children. We have established registries to collect information on children with rare tumors, including: clear cell sarcoma of the kidney, esthesioneuroblastoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, neuroendocrine tumor, salivary gland tumor and melanoma. To find out more about enrolling in the registries, please email

Second Opinions

We welcome oncologists to contact us for second opinion consultations about the care and management of individual patients.

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Ranked #4 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

We’re proud to be consistently named as a top program in Texas and the entire southwest region. Overall, Texas Children’s Hospital is ranked #4 and is on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll for the ninth straight year.
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