Oncology and Hematology | Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Oncology and Hematology

Oncology patient

Our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has some of the world's leading experts in pediatric oncology and hematology (blood diseases). Our team works together to develop personalized treatment plans that draw on the most innovative procedures and treatments available today. 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

Our comprehensive cancer programs allow for the diagnosis and care of more children each year than all other hospitals in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and our blood disease programs are among the largest in the country. This large number translates into a high level of expertise in both frequent and rare diseases. The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is led by Jeffrey Dome, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world's leading pediatric cancer specialists.

Our Programs and Services

We take a team approach to treatment, offering collaborative subspecialty care for each patient and family. We understand that every child is unique and deserves individualized care for their disease.

Here are the specialized services we provide for our pediatric oncology patients:

  • Brain Tumor Institute

    Led by Director Roger Packer, M.D., 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 neurology and oncology are regularly consulted to provide a second opinion for patients from across the United States and around the world. 
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Program

    Our leukemia and lymphoma specialists are experts in the treatment of these types of blood cancers. We provide treatment to a large number of patients every year, which translates into greater experience and expertise. In addition, we lead and participate in various clinical studies to investigate innovative treatments for cancer.
  • Solid Tumor Program

    Most pediatricians find a solid tumor (sarcoma) once or twice in their careers – Children’s National has a full team of sarcoma experts. This 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 (Wilms tumor), muscles or bones. 
  • Hematology

    We offer advanced treatments for rare diseases, such as histiocytic disorders, and offer coordinated care of children with sickle cell disease, ranging from specialized pain management to dental care. In addition, we have one of the few clinics dedicated to the treatment of adolescents with profuse menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia).
  • Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation

    If your child has leukemia or other blood diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, which do not respond well to treatment, you may need a bone marrow transplant. 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 the few centers that perform extracorporeal photopheresis, a treatment that helps children with dangerous complications after transplantation.

Full Family Support and Resources

Cancer and blood diseases are conditions that affect the whole family. We offer services, facilities and resources to reduce some of the stress of having a sick child:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Resources and Support

    Your child's illness can be difficult for the whole family. From spiritual support to practical needs, such as lodging for families who come from places outside the city, we offer help, encouragement and hope.