The Duke Cancer Institute offers children and adolescents with cancer the most effective care available in an atmosphere of caring and compassion. The pediatric oncology program sees more than 100 newly diagnosed patients per year.
Our multidisciplinary team of specialists works closely with each family to create the best treatment plan for each individual child.
Much progress has been made in the past decade in treatment of childhood cancers. The outlook for each patient depends on the stage of the cancer and its location, as well as the child’s age and general health.
Specific pediatric cancers treated at the Duke Cancer Institute include:
The Duke Cancer Institute is nationally recognized for our expertise in pediatric brain tumors, neuroblastoma, and rhabdomyosarcoma.
The Duke Cancer Institute offers treatments designed especially for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Our world-renowned surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, and other caregivers work together to design and implement a comprehensive medical care plan designed around the specific needs of each patient.
In addition to proven effective cancer treatments -- including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy -- we also offer novel therapies not available at most medical centers. We provide patients with access to the newest drugs and leading edge treatments through a wide range of clinical trials.
While we work to treat each disease aggressively, we also take care whenever possible to prevent or treat many of the long-term side effects of common therapies.
For example, we offer fertility preservation strategies for children whose treatment might alter their ability to have children of their own. We also provide post-treatment follow-up to monitor late effects of therapy.
Patients and families receive psychosocial support to improve quality of life from diagnosis onwards. A vast network of support services is available to all pediatric cancer patients and their families.
The Duke Cancer Institute offers a number of comprehensive treatment programs for children and adolescents with cancer.
The Musculoskeletal Oncology Program brings together a multidisciplinary group of doctors, nurses, and other specialists from five different departments to diagnose and treat cancers of the bone and muscles in children, adolescents, and young adults (up to age 35).
Duke’s world-renowned Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (PBMT) Program is the largest dedicated pediatric transplant program in the nation, offering hope for children who may benefit from a bone marrow or stem cell transplant to treat his or her disease,
At the Duke Long-Term Cancer Survivor Clinic, one of the nation’s only multidisciplinary clinics for long-term survivors of cancer, our goal is to study and alleviate the symptoms that affect these cancer survivors later in life.
The Pediatric Neuroblastoma Program offers comprehensive care and individualized treatment for patients with neuroblastoma. Our specialized patient care team includes pediatric oncologists with expertise in neuroblastoma.
The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program is an integral part of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Pediatric patients with brain and spinal tumors and their families are provided with comprehensive, coordinated care through research, clinical care, and support services.
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