Pediatric Cancer Care
Our pediatric cancer program at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center offers all the elements of a comprehensive children’s cancer program, but our relatively small size ensures a level of personalized care that larger institutions simply can’t match.
We offer the only pediatric hematology/oncology program in Central Massachusetts.
Types of Cancers We Treat
We treat a wide range of cancers in children, adolescents and young adults, including:
- Leukemias (all forms)
- Brain and other central nervous system tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Lymphoma (Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
- Bone cancer (osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
- Soft tissue sarcomas
- Germ cell tumors
Pediatric Cancer Research and Clinical Trials
Our Children’s Medical Center is a member of the Children Oncology Group (COG) – the premier childhood cancer research organization with more than 220 institutions and 7,500 clinician members worldwide.
As a COG member, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center can offer children the same innovative cancer treatments available at such renowned institutions as Dana Farber, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – but in a convenient, closer-to-home location. If a COG research trial isn’t currently active at UMass Memorial, we can get it here if it’s appropriate.
Pediatric Cancer Services
We provide diagnosis and treatment for all pediatric blood disorders and malignancies. Our focus is on the most advanced medical care combined with the best emotional support for your child and your family. The “family” that surrounds your child includes expertly trained and experienced specialists, including:
- Radiation oncologists
- Social workers
- Child life specialists
Oncology Services We Provide
- Coordinated care for all childhood cancers
- Access to state-of-the-art cancer research and clinical trials
- Long-term follow-up for survivors of childhood cancer
At our Survivors’ Clinic, caregivers help identify health issues related to cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation exposures.
The group sees childhood cancer survivors of all ages, including adults. Our aim is to diagnose early treatable issues, such as endocrine, reproductive health, neuropsychiatric and bone health, and then start screening patients for more serious issues. During visits, the team screens for problems and ensures that cancer survivors are getting the follow-up care they need. Examinations, testing as needed, and patient and family education are key components.
Hematology Services We Provide
Our pediatric hematology team provides diagnosis and treatment for all pediatric blood disorders. Our focus is on the most advanced medical care combined with the best emotional support for your child and your family. Learn more.