We have a dedicated team of experts treating children with cancer, including caregivers and researchers working to increase our knowledge of pediatric cancers.
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 Hospital, our extensive 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.
Our Oncology Program is ranked #4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our cancer programs diagnose and care for more children each year than any other Washington, D.C., 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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Brayden’s test results came back showing a large tumor running the length his upper arm, and he received his diagnosis: Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer that typically grows in the legs, arms, chest and back. His life – and left arm – was saved by a rare bone tumor surgery performed by a team of doctors at Children’s National Hospital.
Isabel had uncharacteristically low energy at her grandparents’ 50th anniversary party and her parents knew something was wrong. After advice from urgent care, Isabel's parents took her to Children's National where Shana Jacobs, M.D. diagnosed and began treatment for Burkitt lymphoma.
Our pediatric experts are using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) surgery to successfully treat brain tumors without incisions or radiation. (Image provided by Insightec.)
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.
At Children’s National, our Oncology team creates individualized treatment plans for your child based on our innovative research. One unique treatment we offer is KYMRIAH® (tisagenlecleucel), which is for patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL. If previous treatment methods have been unable to keep your child's cancer in remission, KYMRIAH may be able to help.
Through our collaborative Radiation Oncology Program, our patients can receive the most advanced proton therapy available in the region at the Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Proton therapy precisely treats cancer near our pediatric patients’ most delicate organs and offers a new treatment approach for recurrent cancers.
Learn how families are able to find teams of specialists focused on their child's specific cancer diagnosis at Children's National.
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Senior Vice President, Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders
Division Chief, Oncology Neuro-Oncologist
Clinical Director, Gilbert Neurofibromatosis InstituteNeuro-Oncologist
Adriana Fonseca Sheridan
Director, Clinical Neuro-OncologyMedical Director, Brain Tumor InstituteNeuro-OncologistOncologist
Director, Psychology and Patient Care Services for CCBDPsychologist
Melissa Silva Wills
Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., was ranked No. 5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings.