Oncology: Programs and Treatments
Description of services:
The oncology service at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the nation’s premier programs for children with malignant disorders. The center offers a full array of the latest diagnostic capabilities and therapies available for childhood malignancies. Services include:
- A physician friendly referral system with a faculty (or fellow) physician carrying a referral pager 24 hours a day.
- Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs for newly diagnosed cancer patients and for those who have relapsed.
- Family-centered approach to childhood cancer, including incorporation of advice of a family council in short- and long-range planning for clinical care delivery.
- Multidisciplinary care and review of treatment plans and outcomes through interdisciplinary case conferences for:
- Bone tumors
- Other tumors
- Treatment results that equal or exceed those at the most prestigious pediatric cancer centers in the country.
- Internationally approved clinical trials for childhood cancer.
- Leadership in the NIH-sponsored international consortium called the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
- One of only 20 institutions within the COG approved for experimental new drug trials.
- Multidisciplinary clinical programs for all oncology patients, including:
- Orthopaedic oncology program for children with primary bone tumors.
- Neuro-oncology program for children with brain tumors.
- Multidisciplinary clinic for children with neurofibromatosis.
- After the Cancer Experience (ACE) program for children two or more years following completion of therapy to monitor for late effects.
- Young adult follow-up program for ACE patients beyond 18 years.
- Cancer genetics clinic for evaluation of and screening for hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes.
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:
Consultative, diagnostic and treatment services for infants, children and adolescents with cancer, blood disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes. Cancers treated include:
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic leukemias
- Histiocytic disorders
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL)
- Hodgkin’s lymphomas
- Sarcomas (Ewing’s sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma)
- Liver tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Brain tumors
- Germ cell tumors (ovaries, testes, etc.)
- Other rare childhood tumors