Learning that a child has cancer is probably the most frightening news a parent can ever receive. Every day, City of Hope's team of researchers aggressively studies the science behind childhood cancers. These studies mean that our scientific team and their partners bring new therapies to kids as fast and safely as possible.
An essential element in the care of all pediatric patients at City of Hope is the unique ability to integrate advanced research and treatment within a humanitarian environment that provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Whenever possible, treatment programs are developed that minimize hospitalization and maximize the time spent at home and in other normal childhood activities. The pediatric oncologists have expertise in the management of all childhood cancers and are world-renowned experts in the areas listed below.
City of Hope's Pediatric Cancers Program specializes in treatment for many childhood cancers and conditions, including:
|General Information||800.826.HOPE (4673)|
|Referring Physician Line||800.826.HOPE (4673)|
|Location||Duarte, California (Los Angeles)|
|Physical Plant||The Pediatric Family Center at City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital provides special accommodations for children and teen patients, including a playroom, teen room, family lounge and a library. Rooms feature a comfortable sleeper chair for overnight visitors, video game systems and Internet access.|
|Travel Assistance||Assistance with patient travel to City of Hope is available through our social work office. Contact 626.256.HOPE (4673), ext. 62282 for more information. Transportation may be available on a case-by-case basis.|
In keeping with our mission to care for the whole person – physically and emotionally – City of Hope is one of the few cancer centers in the country to offer patients and their caregivers temporary, on-site housing in a comfortable, home-like setting.
Each of the onsite 40 studio-style units in the Hope and Parson's Village offers the following amenities:
In addition, an exclusive RV park containing six spaces equipped with full hookups to water, electricity and disposal is available to all families.
Transplant patients staying in the Hope & Parson's Village also have access to all of the facilities available on campus, such as the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, Supportive Care Resource Desk, Positive Image CenterSM, cafeteria, automated teller machine and Pastoral Care Services.
For more information contact the Hope & Parson's Village at 626.256.HOPE (4673), ext. 62380.
Furthermore, close by and comfortable, many hotels and motels in neighboring communities offer special discounts to City of Hope patients and their families. Visit the "Patient and Visitor Guide" section of our Web site for a complete list.
|Social Support||Professionals in psychology, social work, recreational therapy, music and art therapy, and school relations provide individual attention and group activities for patients and their families. They provide individual attention and therapy as well as group activities for families, siblings, teens and children.|
|Home Health Care||Home health is coordinated with home health nursing agencies, pharmacy agencies, and hospice services.|
|Ages Treated||The Pediatric Cancers Program's focus extends to treating older adolescents and young adults, ensuring a continuum of care through the years for this special group of patients. We also emphasize successful survivorship – continued surveillance to monitor and proactively address long-term effects of childhood cancer.|
|Barron Hilton Chair in Pediatrics Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Professor, Pediatrics||Joseph Rosenthal, M.D.|
|Operate Multidisciplinary Teams||At City of Hope, our team of pediatric experts provides comprehensive care, offering both outstanding medical treatment and psychosocial support to young cancer patients and their family members. Pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and other specialists work in concert to develop a targeted, effective treatment plan.|
|Cooperative Group Membership||Children's Oncology Group (COG)|
|Activities in Cooperative Group||Participation in COG disease committees including: Developmental Therapeutics, Ewing's Sarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma-Rhabdomyosarcoma, and Epidemiology and Late Effects. Physicians are principal investigators on numerous clinical trials.|
|Average Number of Pediatric Clinical Trials||25|
The Pediatric Neuro-oncology program at City of Hope is evaluating the potential of augmenting the antitumor response of T cells, a class of white blood cells that are part of the body's immune defenses against infection or cancerous cells. Through a process called adoptive T cell therapy, T cells that can recognize and attack cancer cells are isolated from patients, their numbers significantly increased outside of the body and then reinfused back into the patients, delivering highly specific and potentially minimally toxic therapy.
Percent of children treated in each age range
Pediatric Oncology Program
|No. of Inpatient Beds||18|
|No. of Admissions||432|
|Average Length of Stay (days)||9.84|
|No. of New Outpatients||804 (total OP)|
|Total Outpatient Visits||5,062|
|No. of Bone Marrow Transplants||47|
|No. of Oncologists||8|