• Clinical Services: Pediatric Oncology and Hematology

    pediatric oncology patientDana-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 oncology and hematology subspecialty resources — neurologists, orthopedists, diagnostic imaging specialists, pathologists — than almost any other cancer and blood disorders center in the world. Our pediatric oncology and hematology patients also can access a wealth of pediatric oncology and hematology 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.

    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.

    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.

    Gene Therapy

    Gene therapy delivers DNA into a patient’s cells to replace faulty or missing genes—or adds new genes—in an attempt to cure cancer or make changes so the body is better able to fight off disease.

    Immunotherapy

    Immunotherapy is the treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response. Cancer immunotherapy attempts to stimulate the immune system to reject or destroy tumors.

    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. 

     

    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.
  • Contact Us

    Our specialized new patient coordinators can answer your questions about treatment options and becoming a patient.
  • 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 

  • Outstanding Care

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