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Cancer Care at Children’s National

We have an entire team of experts dedicated to treating children with cancer, including caregivers and researchers working to increase our knowledge of pediatric cancers.

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Learning your son or daughter has cancer is a difficult experience for any parent. You probably have a lot of questions about what happens next and, most importantly, you want the best possible care for your child.

At Children's National, our comprehensive cancer programs offer highly-specialized care and support from a large team of experts. Our personalized treatment plans draw from the most innovative procedures and therapies available today.

Children’s National Oncology: Specialized Pediatric Cancer Care

Our comprehensive cancer programs diagnose and care for more children each year than all the other metro area hospitals. This high volume translates into a high level of experience and expertise in both common and rare cancer types.

Children’s National is home to some of the world’s leading pediatric cancer experts. We are also the only program in the region with specialized programs for different types of cancer. This ensures your child receives the best possible care for his or her specific diagnosis. 

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Learn how families are able to find teams of specialists focused on their child's specific cancer diagnosis at Children's National.

Improving Care for Children with Cancer

At Children’s National, the Oncology team creates individualized treatment plans for our patients based on our innovative cancer research.

Family-Centered Cancer Care and Support

Cancer is a disease that involves the entire family. We offer services, amenities, and resources to ease some of the stress that comes with having a sick child.

  • Family-centered care: We value and appreciate your input in important care decisions. 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.
  • Child-friendly environment: From a rainforest-themed waiting room to big screen TVs in our infusion stations, we’ve created a “dream clinic” to make every aspect of this experience as child-friendly as possible.
  • Resources and support: Your child’s illness can be difficult on the whole family. From spiritual support to practical needs, such as housing for families who come to us from out of town, we offer help, encouragement, and hope. Learn more about resources for families.

Debbie Lafond's Story

Debbie Lafond

Debbie Lafond began her career at Children’s National in 1991 as a clinical coordinator of the IV therapy team, and joined the department of Hematology/Oncology a year later as an advanced practice clinician.

Debbie Lafond's Story

Oncology Team