Children’s Cancer Center Offers Advanced Medicine and Compassionate support
The Children’s Cancer Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute offers babies, children and their families the latest advancements in cancer and blood disorder therapies and a level of support that is unmatched by any other. We are fully integrated with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in order to provide pediatric patients with:
- Groundbreaking research and access to clinical trials not offered by other area institutions
- Medical excellence through leading-edge approaches
- Unsurpassed experience in treating the full range of conditions from the most common to the rarest types of childhood cancers and blood disorders
A Lifetime of Caring
Many children who have undergone cancer treatment may have multiple challenges for years, even decades, following treatment. At University Hospitals, we offer each child superb cancer care that extends into young adulthood and beyond. We will be there as a child grows in order to assist with any concerns that may come up as a result of his or her cancer or cancer treatment. At the Children’s Cancer Center, our leading-edge physicians become partners in care for life with the children and their families.
Advanced Proton Therapy Can Effectively Treat Cancer in Children
Proton therapy is an innovative treatment option used to treat cancer in both children and adults, and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is pleased to be one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to have a full-service Proton Therapy Center onsite. Proton therapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses proton beams to precisely target tumors, sparing healthy tissue. This is especially beneficial in pediatric cancer patients, whose still developing bodies are more prone to radiation side effects. Proton therapy is a painless, outpatient procedure that allows families and kids to maintain their normal day-to-day lives during treatment. This therapy is an ideal treatment option for many types of childhood cancers.
Learn more about proton therapy and childhood cancer.
Clinical Trials Lead to New Treatments
For almost every type of pediatric cancer, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has an aggressive research component dedicated to improving outcomes and enhancing the quality of life for children. We are among only a few hospitals in the world to constantly develop the most advanced cancer treatments through ongoing clinical trials. For young cancer patients, this access to new therapies allows them to be among the first to benefit from potentially life-saving, novel cancer therapies and procedures. In fact, nearly 85 percent of our patients under age 15 are enrolled in clinical trials for the newest cancer treatments.
As leading members of CureSearch, the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, our physicians serve as senior advisors on National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials and as members of national committees on solid tumors, leukemia and bone marrow transplantation.
Multifaceted Team Approach
The Children’s Cancer Center provides the leading care and unending compassion of a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists with the singular goal of curing each child’s cancer. Our highly trained experts are specialists in the following disciplines:
- Pain management
- Palliative care
- Radiation therapy
- Orthopedic oncology
- Surgical oncology
- Child life
At the Children’s Cancer Center, we want to help each child and family feel supported and respected every step of the journey. To assist families in maintaining as normal a schedule as possible, we provide accommodations that support a more natural flow of daily life, including:
- Bathroom facilities
- New community rooms and a rooftop healing garden (opening in 2014)
- Exercise facilities nearby
- Sleeping couches in patient rooms
- Laundry facilities
We also provide comfort and support through the Ronald McDonald Family Room, a special destination within UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital where families can get away and relax while still being close to their child.
Our family-centered support also includes:
- Child life specialists
- Daily art and music therapy programs
- Pet Pals, providing fun visits from loveable animals
- School programs with on-site teachers
- The Rainbow Channel, a fun and interactive TV channel
Helping Parents Cope with a Child’s Cancer Diagnosis
Being told your child has cancer is one of the scariest things a mother or father could ever hear. To help parents deal with this difficult time, we offer a practical guide to help any parent whose child has been diagnosed with cancer. This guide has both medical information and coping advice that can help your child and your family, providing support and information on specific childhood cancer types, treatments, clinical trials, and other health concerns.
Children with Cancer: A Guide for Parents (PDF)