Pediatric Oncology

Oncology patient

Our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has some of the world's leading experts in pediatric oncology (cancer), all dedicated to meeting the unique needs of children. The Center is led by Jeffrey Dome, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world's leading pediatric cancer specialists for the treatment of Wilms tumors.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of 40 board-certified hematologists/oncologists, 15 subspecialists who partner with the division to provide care, and more than 20 specially trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Together, we collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan for each child’s diagnosis that draws on the most innovative procedures and treatments available today. 

Our experts, including Eugene Hwang, M.D., and AeRang Kim, M.D., Ph.D., play an active role in offering cutting-edge and prestigious clinical trials, some of which are only available at Children’s National.

From diagnosis and treatment to long-term follow-up care, we are with your child and family every step of the way.

Choosing Children’s National for Specialized Pediatric Cancer Care

At Children’s National Hospital, we offer multidisciplinary teams of specialists who are dedicated to specific diagnoses. Our team treated more than 700 oncology patients in 2018 and 2019. This high volume translates into an extensive level of expertise in both frequent and rare diseases, which has led U.S. News & World Report to rank our pediatric Oncology Program among the top 10 in the United States.

Our specialized programs include:

  • Brain Tumor Institute

    Led by Roger Packer, M.D., Senior Vice President of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Health, and Clinical Director Brian Rood, M.D., the Brain Tumor Institute evaluates more than 100 new patients with brain tumors each year and provides ongoing care for hundreds of others. Our multidisciplinary team of experts in neuro-oncology, neurology and neurosurgery are regularly consulted to provide second opinions for patients from across the United States and around the world. We create individualized treatment plans that may include chemotherapy, radiation, neurosurgery and novel immunotherapy treatments. 

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Program

    Our leukemia and lymphoma specialists are experts in the treatment of these types of blood cancers, providing treatment to a very high volume of patients each year. In addition, we lead and participate in various clinical studies to investigate innovative treatments for cancer, particularly for patients whose cancer has not responded well to traditional treatments. These alternative therapies include bone marrow transplant, cellular therapy and other novel treatments available through clinical trials. 

  • Solid Tumor Program

    At Children’s National, we have a full team of sarcoma experts. Most pediatricians find a solid tumor (sarcoma) once or twice in their careers. Because we see many of these cases, our level of specialization means that your child will benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan that draws on the latest options and procedures available. Solid tumors can occur in a variety of areas, such as the liver, kidneys, muscles or bones. 

    Common types of pediatric solid tumors we treat include:

    • Neuroblastoma
    • Wilms tumor
    • Rhabdomyosarcoma
    • Retinoblastoma 
    • Osteosarcoma

Innovative Pediatric Oncology Treatments 

We have expertise in the most advanced, leading-edge pediatric cancer treatments available. Our innovative cancer treatments and therapies include:

  • Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation

    If your child has leukemia, an immunodeficiency or other blood diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, which do not respond well to treatment, they may be eligible for a bone marrow transplant. 

    Led by renowned expert David Jacobsohn, M.D., ScM, our blood and bone marrow transplantation program is one of few in the United States with a team of dedicated pediatric bone marrow transplant physicians and advanced practice nurses. 

    Our advanced knowledge allows us to deliver transplants with unparalleled expertise, even when your child is critically ill. Our transplant program is recognized for its state-of-the-art treatments developed by doctors at Children's National. In addition, we are one of few programs that perform extracorporeal photopheresis, a treatment that helps children with dangerous complications after transplantation, including graft-versus-host disease.

  • Cellular Therapy

    Children’s National is one of the only programs in the world offering a pediatric cellular therapy program. This novel treatment helps children for whom conventional blood cancer treatments have not been successful, as well as children suffering infections as a result of cancer-fighting bone marrow transplants. Cellular therapy can help train your child’s immune system to fight cancer and infections with the use of specially engineered T-cells. T-cells are part of the immune system and play a critical role in the body’s ability to fight cancer. 

    If your child has leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell disease, or suffers a relapse or complications after a bone marrow transplant, cellular therapy could be right for them. 

    Led by Catherine Bollard, M.D., MBChB, the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research is leading the way in clinical and research efforts to fight cancer and other diseases using adoptive cell therapy to strengthen the immune system. Our research team is expanding the field of immunotherapy with T-cell technology that is only available here at Children’s National. We have partnered with Seattle Children’s, BC Children’s Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles to launch CureWorks, an initiative developed to expand immunotherapy trials and patient access around the world, as well as share data and collective expertise to advance novel cell therapies.

  • Radiation Oncology and Proton Therapy

    Ranked among the top pediatric oncology programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s National Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine have partnered to create a dedicated pediatric Radiation Oncology Program that focuses on advancing pediatric clinical care and pediatric radiation oncology research. Through our collaborative program, pediatric patients receive the most advanced radiation treatments, and also have access to innovative proton therapy not widely available elsewhere. 

    View our video about this collaboration.

Full Family Support and Resources

Cancer affects the whole family. We offer services, facilities and resources to help reduce your family’s stress:

  • Psychosocial Support and Creative Therapies

    We offer the latest therapies in psychosocial support, including psychological counseling, music therapy and art therapy to help your child cope with the emotional difficulties and challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • Child-Friendly Environment

    From a forest-themed waiting room to a large-screen television in chemotherapy rooms, we have created a "dream clinic" to make your experience more comfortable. In addition, we offer multiple playrooms and an art therapy room. 
  • Family-Centered Care

    We value and appreciate your feedback in making important decisions about medical care. To help you with this, our teams include nurses and social workers who specialize in helping you understand your child's illness and treatment options.

Contact Our Global Services Team

If your child needs treatment and care, our global services team can help set up a consultation. 

We're here to support you on your international care journey. We have been caring for international patients and their families for more than twenty years and will serve as your dedicated partner as you travel for care – setting up your medical appointments, recommending travel accommodations and lodging, and ensuring that your cultural and religious needs are being met.

For more information or to make an appointment contact us at +1-202-476-5778 or by email at globalservices@childrensnational.org.