Every day, 43 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children – across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economic status. In fact, cancer is responsible for more childhood deaths than all other diseases combined.
The award-winning Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Randall Children’s Hospital offers high quality care for children with blood disorders, cancer and benign tumors in an environment that helps our young patients feel safe, comfortable and supported. We care for children from infancy through 21 years of age, and older when appropriate. We treat all types of childhood cancers and blood conditions, including:
- Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia
- Blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma
- Brain tumors
- Bone and solid tumors
- A variety of pre-cancerous conditions
A critical part of our ability to care for children and families are the many programs that provide emotional and social support. Many of these are made possible through philanthropic support, like the Express Employment Professionals Children’s Cancer Support Endowment. Programs include:
- Child Life and Art Therapy: Child Life specialists and Art Therapists at Randall Children’s Hospital support both children and families, including siblings, through this life altering experience. These caring and resourceful experts specialize in creating a safe and nurturing space for kids through medical play, distraction toys, art projects, hands-on demonstrations, and other activities that help normalize an otherwise new and scary experience.
- Hospital School: Hospital School Teachers help children stay as current as possible with their studies and work closely with a child’s classroom teachers to adapt lesson plans as needed, as well as to use technology to help kids stay connected to their classmates.
- Emotional Support for families: Thanks to generous donations, we recently expanded our team to include a psychologist who is able to provide additional resources to help children and families cope with the psychological, emotional and interpersonal challenges inherent to a serious medical diagnosis.
- Financial Support: A cancer diagnosis can cause significant financial hardship on families as parents may need to leave work to care for their child as well as cover extensive medical bills. We are fortunate to be able to support families who qualify for financial assistance with philanthropic support as well as a network of community partnerships.
- Research: Through our partnership with the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood cancer research, our patients have access to emerging treatment and therapies through clinical trials, including Phase II and III studies. 77% of children in the program are enrolled in a study at any given time. Over the last thirty years, clinical trials have led to significant treatment advances and higher cure rates for many children’s cancers.
- Survivorship Support: Advancements in medical science have dramatically increased the number of children who survive cancer. However, we are learning more about the long-term effects of treatments. In 2015, we established the KITE survivorship clinic, which stands for “Knowledge and Inspiration after Treatment Ends,” to offer patients and their families a personalized plan and ongoing services to help manage long-term or chronic conditions related to cancer or its treatment.