When caring for children with cancer, we focus on protecting normal, growing tissue while accurately targeting disease with radiation. As part of the Yale Cancer Center, our team of experts includes not just radiation oncologists, but also experts in pediatric hematology-oncology and other subspecialties such as laboratory medicine, surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pathology, and diagnostic radiology. We also have a highly trained support staff of nurses, social workers, and radiation therapists to support children and their families as they go through the treatment process.
Very young children, generally those less than four years of age, are often unable to cooperate with daily external radiation treatments. Pediatric anesthesiologists assist these children with outpatient sedation or general anesthesia. This allows children to sleep through therapy, ensuring radiotherapy precision and avoiding psychological trauma.