As part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), members of the Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program work cooperatively with other academic health centers to conduct large-scale clinical trials. Because childhood cancer is relatively rare, medical centers must work together to compile enough data to yield reliable science. Our participation also assures that our patients have access to the newest and best treatments available. Efforts such as these over the last 60 years have yielded dramatic increases in cure rates of pediatric cancers such as lymphocytic leukemia, in which 80 percent of children are cured.
Understanding that children with cancer and blood disorders need more than medical care, we work with our patients and their families to help meet their social, emotional, educational and behavioral needs.
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HEROS Clinic: beating cancer for a lifetime
The HEROS clinic broke new ground when it became the first in the state to offer comprehensive guidance for adults and children who had survived pediatric cancer. Our survivorship program has national prominence and is recognized as a model in which patients are monitored for recurrence of their original cancer, emergence of new cancer, and occurrence of long-term effects of therapy.
While great successes in pediatric oncology have been achieved, one area that has lagged is in the treatment of brain tumors, which are among the most common type of childhood malignancy. With this great challenge in mind we have formed a comprehensive clinic in pediatric neuro-oncology. The only one of its kind in the state of Connecticut, our Neuro-Oncology Clinic involves a collaboration of pediatric oncologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, and social workers to care for this very complex and medically needy group of patients. In addition, we are actively participating in national clinical trials for brain tumor patients as well as developing trials for more experimental therapies through brain tumor consortiums.
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
The pediatric blood and marrow transplantation program offers bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants. Children are cared for by a highly trained and knowledgeable medical team that understands the application of research-based therapies and the care needed for pediatric patients undergoing transplantation.
The pediatric tumor program offers comprehensive care to children with a wide variety of tumors, including bone and soft tissue sarcomas, liver and kidney tumors, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and other rare tumors. Care is delivered by a team of pediatric and radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and social workers.
The Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program
The Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Oncology program is exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults, ages 13 and up. Integrating the resources of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital, patients receive coordinated care, including fertility counseling, education, insurance, and social and emotional support.