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.
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 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.
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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Our pediatric experts are using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) surgery to successfully treat brain tumors without incisions or radiation. (Image provided by Insightec.)
Nkenge and Tanya took their 2-year-old daughter Kensley to the Emergency Department because she was complaining of stomach pain and they could feel a bulge in her abdomen. Kensley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma and continues to receive treatment from Amy Hont, M.D.
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.
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.
Marco Gutierrez, a 19-year-old from Potomac, MD., was enjoying dinner with family and friends after a University of Michigan football game when pain started to pulse through his chest and back.
Senior Vice President, Center for Cancer and Blood DisordersDivision Chief, Oncology
Associate 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
Mariagracia Rivas Berger
Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., was ranked No. 5 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings.