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Cancer

Saving Lives while Seeking Cures

“Your child has cancer”: Those are devastating words for any parent to hear. At Children’s National, we’re striving to reach the day when they won’t.

That’s why Children’s National has 100 clinical oncological trials running at any given time. As important as research is, treatment is equally critical. Our internationally recognized oncology team pushes to help children not only survive, but thrive after treatment.

And their expertise is in high demand: They are called upon to evaluate cases across the United States and around the world.
Leukemia and Lymphoma

Leukemia and Lymphoma

The most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia is fatal in 20 percent of cases. The physician-scientists at Children's National conduct clinical trials on leukemia in collaboration with the Children's Oncology Group, uniting more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer worldwide.

Solid Tumors

Solid Tumors

Our physicians are among the world’s foremost experts in solid tumors, leading national trials to develop better treatment. Children’s National also provides innovative, non-invasive therapies -- such as magnetic resonance-guided, high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) treatment – to prevent the long-term side effects of more traditional therapies.

Brain Tumors

Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. The brain tumor experts of Children’s National lead national clinical trials to better understand this devastating disease. In fact, Children’s National is the only medical center in the region with access to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium’s research protocols. These protocols help our researchers efficiently explore more novel ideas—ideas that potentially can save lives.

Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Children’s National Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation team is one of the only regional groups dedicated to pediatric patients. These transplantation techniques currently cure about 75 of patients, a survival rate that our doctors are striving to improve. They also are researching techniques to decrease the intensity of this therapy to minimize its long-term effects on patients in adulthood.

Cellular Therapy

Cellular Therapy

Children’s National is one of the few hospitals in the world to offer cellular therapy. This treatment helps patients with immune deficiencies fight life-threatening infections and can prevent or treat relapses of cancer. In a first-of-its-kind cell therapy achievement, our physician-scientists “train” naïve or inexperienced immune-system cells (T-cells) to kill cancer cells and viruses. This therapy represents a potential cure for patients who have not benefited from conventional therapies. It also reduces the need for therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation, which can have lifelong side effects.

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