Conditions and Treatments

What is pediatric cancer?

Cancer begins when a body’s cells start to grow out of control. This can happen in almost any part of the body and can spread to other areas. Cancer in children can be different than cancer in adults. While many cancers in adults are often linked to a person’s lifestyle or environment, cancer in children often occurs because of DNA changes in cells that happen early in life, even before birth.

Treatment for pediatric cancer depends on the type of cancer and the stage (extent) of the cancer. The primary treatments include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Types of cancer we treat:
  • Bone tumors
    • Ewing’s sarcoma
    • Osteosarcoma
  • Brain tumors
  • Germ cell tumors/teratomas
  • Histiocytosis
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Kidney tumors
    • Wilms’ tumor
    • Renal cell carcinoma
    • Clear cell sarcoma
    • Rhabdoid tumor of the kidney
  • Leukemias
    • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
    • Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia
    • Myelodysplasia/preleukemia
  • Liver tumors
    • Hepatoblastoma
    • Hepatic sarcoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas
    • Lymphoblastic lymphoma
    • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
    • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
    • Large B-cell lymphomas
    • Mature B-cell lymphomas (Burkitt’s and Burkitt’s-like)
  • Rare and unusual solid tumors
    • Benign
    • Malignant
  • Recurrent/relapsed/refractory tumors and leukemia
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Spinal cord tumors

What are pediatric blood disorders?

Pediatric blood disorders include many noncancerous diseases that can affect a child’s physical function and quality of life. Sometimes these disorders can be life-threatening. There are many types of blood disorders that can cause issues with red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, or the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting.

Types of blood disorders we treat:
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bleeding disorders/hemophilia
  • Coagulopathies
  • Hemolytic anemias
  • Immunohematological disorders
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Neutropenias
  • Neutrophil function defects
  • Polycythemia
  • Sickle cell anemia and other hemoglobinopathies
  • Thalassemias
  • Thrombocytopenias/thrombocytosis
  • Thrombophilia
  • Thrombosis