Children's cancer centers
A children's cancer center is a place dedicated to treating children with cancer. It may be a hospital. Or it may be a unit inside a hospital. These centers treat children ages less than a year old to age 19.
Centers do more than provide medical care. They also help families deal with the impact of cancer. Many also:
Pediatric cancer center; Pediatric oncology center; Comprehensive cancer center
Why Consider a Children's Cancer Center
Treating childhood cancer is not the same as treating adult cancer. The cancers are different. So are the treatments and the effect on patients and their families. Children's physical and emotional needs differ from those of adults.
Your child will get the best care possible at a children's cancer center. Studies show that survival rates are higher in children treated at these centers.
Children's cancer centers focus solely on treating childhood cancer. The staff is trained to work with children and adolescents. Your child and family will receive care from experts in treating childhood cancer. They include:
Centers also offer many specific benefits such as:
Locating a Children's Cancer Center
To locate a children's cancer center:
Getting to a Center
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Review Date: 8/31/2016
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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