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Pediatric Cancer Surgery

Surgery is one of the cornerstones of cancer treatments. The goal of surgical oncology is to physically remove as much of the tumor as safely possible. At Children’s National Hospital, our surgical oncologists have years of experience performing careful, precise surgery on children with a variety of cancers. 

Pediatric Cancer Surgery at Children’s National Hospital

Our pediatric surgeons perform a high volume of surgeries every year. This translates into a superior level of experience and expertise for our team. Features of our surgical oncology program include:

  • Advanced technology. We use the most sophisticated surgical technology, including intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Intraoperative MRI gives the surgical team detailed images of the procedure during the surgery itself. This way, we can ensure the success of the surgery before we finish.
  • Minimally invasive surgery. When appropriate, we can use a minimally invasive approach, leading to less pain and a shorter recovery. No matter what type of surgical approach we use, however, you can feel confident that our team has a high level of expertise and experience. We always have your child’s best outcome in mind.
  • Collaborative care. Our cancer surgeons don’t work in a vacuum. Your child’s entire team works together to manage his or her condition and discuss next treatment steps. For example, if your child is also undergoing chemotherapy, the medical oncologist and surgeon will coordinate care so your child receives the most comprehensive treatment possible.
Applicable Conditions

Applicable Conditions

Bone Tumors

Children’s National Hospital has a team of individuals who are highly skilled and experienced in the treatment of bone tumors, including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma. Learn more about these conditions.


Leukemia is cancer of the blood. It's the most common kind of cancer in children. Learn more about this condition and the treatments we offer.


Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that starts in the cells that develop into skeletal muscle cells. Learn more about this condition and the treatments we offer.

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Soft tissue sarcoma is a type of cancer that grows in soft tissues that support and connect parts of the body.

Germ Cell Tumors

Germ cell tumors are tumors that are comprised mostly of germ cells. Germ cells are the cells that develop and become the cells that make up the reproductive system. Learn more about this condition.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and functions to fight disease and infections. Learn more about its causes and treatments.

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the nasal cavity and the pharynx, the upper part of the throat behind the nose. Learn more about its causes and treatments.


Pediatric neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of infants and very young children.

Brain Tumors

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or spinal cord. Learn more about this condition.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Jeffrey Dome

Jeffrey Dome

Senior Vice President, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Division Chief, Oncology
Robert Henshaw

Robert Henshaw

Director, Orthopaedic Oncology
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Specialist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Brayden S 3

Brayden's Story

From the outside, Brayden Schofield seems like a regular six-year-old boy who loves sharks, snakes, and playing with his little brother. But what most people don’t know is that Brayden’s life – and left arm – was saved by a rare bone tumor surgery performed by a team of doctors at Children’s National Hospital.



Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program

The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program at Children’s National is among the largest and most comprehensive pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country.


Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.

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