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Oncology (Cancer) Care at Children's National

At Children’s National, we know learning your child has cancer can be a difficult experience. The diagnosis can be overwhelming, and you probably have many questions about how to find the best treatment possible. That's where the Division of Oncology can help.

Home to some of the world’s leading experts in pediatric cancer (oncology), our team works together to give your child highly-specialized care and support. Our personalized treatment plans draw from the most innovative procedures and therapies available today. From diagnosis to treatment to follow-up care, we’re with your child, your family, and you every step of the way.

Oncology (Cancer) Care at Children's National: Why Choose Us?

Every year, our Division of Oncology diagnoses and cares for more children than all other hospitals in the Washington, DC metro area combined. This means our team has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to treat common and rare types of childhood cancers – and provide the best care possible.

And, our Division of Oncology is also the only one of its kind in the region with specialized programs for different types of pediatric cancer. 

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Family-Centered Cancer Care and Support

Cancer is a disease that involves the entire family and we're here to help. We offer the following care and support:

Family-centered care: We value and appreciate your input about your child's care. To help you do this, our teams include nurses and social workers who specialize in helping families understand their child’s condition and treatment options. Our physicians also spend a lot of one-on-one time talking with you about your child’s condition and care.

Dream clinic: From a rainforest-themed waiting room to big screen TVs in our blood drawing stations, we’ve made every aspect of this experience as child-friendly as possible.

Resources and support: A child’s illness can be challenging for the whole family. From spiritual support to practical needs, like housing for families who come to us from out of town, we offer help, encouragement, and hope. Learn more about resources for families.

Christopher's Story

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia ALL


Christopher Melkonian was six years old when he came down with a low-grade fever and diffuse bone pain. Unsure of what was happening, his parents Darlene and David took him to Children’s National Health System and soon found out that Christopher had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that affects white blood cells.

Christopher's Story

Oncology 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.

Contact Information

Have a question about a specific disease or condition or treatments or services we offer?


To make it easier for many families, your child may see our cancer specialists in Washington, DC, and Virginia.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Related Care Services

Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family. 


We offer a comprehensive range of clinical trials, including medications and treatment that are not widely available.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers a broad range of family resources to support your emotional, spiritual and logistical needs, so you can stay focused on your child.

Resources for Providers

Children’s National Health System values the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients to Children’s National.


Children’s National Health System provides suggested treatments to compliment top-notch medical education and experience.