• Clinical Services for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders

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    Dana-Farber/Boston Children's is at the forefront of treatment options for children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. We offer more pediatric subspecialty resources – neurologists, orthopedists, diagnostic imaging specialists, pathologists – than almost any other pediatric cancer and blood disorders center in the world. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients also can access a wealth of clinical services specifically designed around their particular needs. Learn about the many standard and advanced treatment options and special services available to our patients.

    Blood Transfusions

    We perform thousands of blood transfusions each year and we are one of few centers to also treat iron overload, the leading side effect of chronic blood transfusions.

    Chemotherapy

    We offer our patients advances in chemotherapy that may allow for more targeted and less intense dosages, as well as outpatient options that reduce hospital stays.

    Cancer Survivor Services

    Two clinics within the Perini Family Survivors' Center at Dana-Farber are designed to specifically help childhood-cancer survivors and pediatric brain-tumor survivors. The survivor clinics offer tailored care and services to help survivors of cancer access clinical, support, and educational resources.
     

    Diagnostic Imaging

    We use the latest diagnostic imaging technologies, state-of-the-art scanning equipment and expert staff to diagnose and aid in the treatment of children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.

    Genetic Testing

    A genetic test can explain why a child or young adult developed cancer and can help to predict whether he/she is at risk for other cancers.

    Innovative Therapies

    Through ongoing clinical trials, we are increasing the effectiveness and reducing the physical impact of cancer and blood disorder treatment through innovative therapies like vaccine therapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy.

    Interventional Radiology

    Our interventional radiologists are pioneering the adoption of interventional techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Working alongside our surgical oncologists, we are continuously expanding the role interventional radiology plays in our treatment plans, so children experience less risk, less pain, and a quicker recovery. 

     

    Fertility Preservation

    For many patients receiving cancer treatment, decrease or loss of reproductive function is temporary. But some patients do not regain this function. Before the start of patient therapy, thought must be given to whether a child’s fertility is likely to be impacted by treatment. Learn more.

    MIBG Therapy

    We are the first hospital in New England to offer MIBG therapy to treat neuroblastoma and currently one of only a handful of hospitals in the country to provide this therapy.

    Palliative Care

    Our staff of compassionate and experienced pediatric palliative care specialists includes clinicians and other healthcare professionals with expertise in palliative care, symptom management, complementary medicine, and speech-language pathology.

    Pathology

    With one of the largest pathology services of its kind in the world, we can respond quickly and effectively to patient needs, from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship.

    Psychosocial Services

    Our pediatric psychosocial oncology team includes social workers, psychologists, resource specialists, and a special educator, all of whom have special expertise in the social, emotional, and psychological aspects of caring for children with cancer.

    Radiation Therapy

    We use the latest technologies available to eradicate childhood cancers with radiation therapy while sparing normal, healthy tissue.

    Stem Cell Transplant

    We perform over 90 autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants a year to treat a range of cancerous and non-cancerous conditions in children.

    Surgery

    Our surgery department offers patients world-class oncologic surgeons, access to state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated and comprehensive pediatric anesthesiology department for pre and postoperative care.
  • Need Help? Speak with Us.

    Our specialized new patient coordinators can answer your questions about treatment options and becoming a patient. In urgent cases, we typically can see new patients within 24 hours.
  • Find Clinical Trials

    We sponsor and collaborate on clinical trials that break new ground in pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment. callout bg
  • Reasons for Optimism

    Dr. Stephen Sallan 

    Read Dr. Sallan's blog post Five Reasons for Optimism about Pediatric Cancer Care and Research 

  • Why Choose Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Dr. Stuart Orkin, Chair of Pediatric Oncology, describes the outstanding oncology and hematology resources available at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's.