Experimental Therapeutics for Cancer and Blood Disorders Contact number | 202-476-2802

A lab technician from Children's National Health System Experimental Therapeutics Program to treat childhood cancer.

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The Experimental Therapeutics Program at Children’s National Health System is fighting to help children win the battle against cancer. 

Cancer treatment is an ever-evolving field. We are constantly working to change and improve the types of drugs we can use to fight cancer. This is why a robust experimental therapeutics program to identify and test new anticancer drugs is so crucial to successful treatments for cancer

At Children’s National, our experimental therapeutics program:

  • Offers patients new experimental cancer treatments
  • Cares for children who have not had success with other cancer treatments by providing access to the latest medications 
  • Is one of the few cancer centers in the nation with access to Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Phase I trials
  • Participates in a high volume of research trials, many of which we are leading right here at our facility. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Children’s National has a long history of researching pediatric cancer developmental therapeutics and leading anticancer drug development, including heading national clinical trials. 

How are we leading the fight against cancer:

  • COG. Since 2001, we have been a member of the select Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Developmental Therapeutics Consortium (DVLC). We are one of only 11 sites in North America to participate in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. Both organizations develop new Phase I and Phase II therapies for children and adolescents with tumors resistant to standard chemotherapy.
  • CERN. We are a Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN) Center, which focuses specifically on a type of brain tumor.
  • Specialized training. Our nursing staff and research assistants participate in specialized training to perform the protocols and monitoring of patients in clinical trials. We also have dedicated research nurses whose sole professional focus is safely caring for children while meeting the rigorous scientific requirements of clinical trials. Our program emphasizes caring for the sensitive needs of young patients and their families. 

Experimental Therapeutics Team

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We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.

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We see children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

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