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Pediatric Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use of medicines to treat cancer or kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy has been used for many years. It’s one of the most common treatments for cancer. The groups of cancer therapy medicines work in different ways to fight cancer cells. For example, some interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow or reproduce. It’s common for cancer to be treated with more than one medicine at a time. Chemo may be used alone or used with other treatments, such as radiation or surgery.

Applicable Conditions

Applicable Conditions

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Cancer specialists at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide expert treatment for children who have acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Learn more about this condition, including its symptoms, what causes and how we treat it.

Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the retina (the innermost layer of the eye, located at the back of the eye, that receives light and images necessary for vision).

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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

Neuroblastoma

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.

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.

Leukemia

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

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.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Jeffrey Dome

Jeffrey Dome

Senior Vice President, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Division Chief, Oncology
Dr. Eugene Hwang

Eugene Hwang

Associate Division Chief, Oncology
Neuro-Oncologist
Brian Rood

Brian Rood

Director, Clinical Neuro-Oncology
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Neuro-Oncologist
Oncologist

Other Team Members

Brian Rood

Brian Rood

Director, Clinical Neuro-Oncology
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Neuro-Oncologist
Oncologist
Dr. Eugene Hwang

Eugene Hwang

Associate Division Chief, Oncology
Neuro-Oncologist
Jeffrey Dome

Jeffrey Dome

Senior Vice President, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Division Chief, Oncology
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Our Stories

Our Stories

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Chris's Story

When Chris's parents noticed he had lingering pain and swollen lymph nodes, they knew it was time to take him to the doctor.

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Christopher's Story

Christopher Melkonian was six years old when he came down with a low-grade fever and diffuse bone pain. Unsure of what was happening, his parents Darlene and David took him to Children’s National Hospital and soon found out that Christopher had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of blood and bone marrow cancer that affects white blood cells.

Parker

Parker's Story

After an uneventful pregnancy and birth, Tiffany Green was looking forward to bringing son, Parker James Cameron, home to bond with her and his sisters. But a week after Parker’s birth, Green learned something unsettling. Parker had no immune system in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amira's Story

Despite the past decade spent in and out of the hospital, Amira has her sights set on a bright future and doesn’t allow her diagnosis to define who she is.

Departments

Departments

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children’s National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

Leukemia Lymphoma Program

We deliver comprehensive care for all blood cancers including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and experimental therapeutics.

Solid Tumor Program

Our Solid Tumor Program has a dedicated team of sarcoma experts who specialize in the newest treatments and clinical trials.

Oncology

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