Receiving a diagnosis of cancer in a child can bring about a sudden state of anxiety and confusion. Families and caregivers are often at a loss as to where to turn for information and answers. The situation can be an emotional tsunami and yet there are organizations that can help to calm the storm. We have created this page of resources so that you can benefit from the many programs available that will help to bring a positive difference physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Below are just some of many agencies who refer cancer patients and their families to us.
Located in Northeast Florida, the five hospitals bring the largest network of physicians in the area and has the honor of being considered the "Most Preferred" health care provider by local residents. The National Research Corporation’s annual study indicated that Baptist Health has the best doctors, best nurses and best overall quality. Partnered with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the cancer treatment area brings treatment options, information, and care to the kids and their families. Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children’s hospitals for cancer care. They are also an Accredited Pediatric Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) recognizes that no two cancer patients, and no two cancers, are exactly the same. Every patient's care plan, from treating the disease to managing related side effects, is designed to meet his or her needs and treatment goals. Patients and their caregivers are involved every step of the way, empowered to make informed decisions about their care.
Improving a child’s health is the top priority of Cincinnati Children’s. They specialize in transforming the idea of care delivery so that it is fully integrated. Using globally recognized research, education, and innovation, a child can have improved medical and quality-of-life outcomes. The Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s is considered to be one of the nation’s largest referral services. Caring for around 6,780 children and young adults each year they work with kids and their families to provide innovative treatments for patients with rare, relapsed, and difficult-to-treat cancers. Their physicians have led national efforts in developing new targeted therapies and immunological approaches that offer more effective therapies with fewer side effects.
The 25 locations of City of Hope extends throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino California Counties. City of Hope has held the honor by U.S. News & World Report of being recognized as one of the nation’s elite cancer hospitals and the leading cancer hospital in the west. Beyond the state-of-the-art research and medical facilities, City of Hope brings the development of new treatments that are helping patients to live longer and more fully. They take pride in their groundbreaking discoveries, compassionate care, and innovative treatments that help patients fight life-threatening diseases. The teams at City of Hope address the needs of both patient and their families, including looking at the whole person for wellness needs, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute specialize in treating the specific type of cancer that each patient has. Their goal is the address the cancer head-on and defeat it. Their seven locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire include some of the leading professionals in all aspects of dealing with the disease as well as ensuring that both patient and their families’ needs are addressed. With some of the best labs and researchers, their scientists are attacking cancer at every level, discovering molecular targets for new “smart” drug therapies and harnessing the immune forces to fight cancer. Their innovative treatments seek to identify cancer and treatments in diverse populations. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute offers resources for patients, families, and care-givers.
Indiana University Health takes pride as the largest network of physicians in Indiana. Partnered with Indiana University, one of the country’s leading medical schools, Indiana University Health brings a unique ability to offer patients access to leading treatment options and medicine that are often available first and sometimes only at IU Health. The goal at Indiana University Health is in personalizing an approach in treatment that is specific to the patient and to treat the whole person. IU Health brings a full range of specialty services for our children patients and their families through the Riley’s Children’s Health. Their teams specialize in working with everyone in a compassionate and loving way so that a child has the best options and choices to defeat cancer and blood diseases. U.S. News & World Report ranked their Pediatric Cancr & Blood Diseases Department in the top 25. As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group Phase I Consortium, they have opportunities to give children access to the latest clinical trials.
Serving an estimated population of 750,000 residents of Central and South Georgia, Navicen Health is an acute care hospital that is the second largest in the state. The medical facility treats patients from almost 80% of Georgia’s 159 counties and is accredited by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) The Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital of Navicent Health’s HOPE for Kids is an outpatient clinic for children with cancer and blood disorders. The HOPE is Hematology Oncology Place of Excellent and is a welcoming place for children and their families to fight the disease. The child-friendly office includes: infusion center for outpatient therapies, onsite lab, education library, playroom, and exam rooms.
Located in South Florida, the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital provides care to more pediatric cancer patients than any other South Florida facility. Their goal is to combine cancer research and state-of-the-art treatments with compassionate care. Their teams of professionals carefully guide the families through treatment options, with a goal to be help them fight the disease and win. Their philosophy is to take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach for care so that it puts the child and family at the center of a highly organized specialist network that work together to meet the needs of all during treatment and follow up.
NMCC has been a leader in New Mexico with their “Come Home Model” (Community Oncology Medical Home) for cancer treatment that has led to improved outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, and lower costs. The success was so great that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has based their new Oncology Care Model. The medical home translates to a commitment to providing patients and their families with the services that are needed. Known for their extended hours and same-day appointments, NMCC see a team of professionals that coordinate together for providing care and comfort. On-call 24/7 physician access gives patients peace of mind and compliments the best science that is followed to make sure that patients get the care that is required, and just not guided by insurance companies. Their highest priority is keeping a patient healthy, strong, functioning at the highest possible level and staying out of the hospital. NMCC is aligned with cancer support services to ensure the best possible ability to battle their illnesses.
With over 600 locations throughout Illinois and Indiana, Northwestern Medicine has 14 that are cancer-specific. As experts in the field, they treat over 10,000 new cancer cases every year and specialize in every step of support and treatment for the patients and their families. Northwestern Medicine takes a three-step approach of: diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, with full access to state-of-the-art therapies and leading-edge medical, surgical, and radiation oncology options. Patients have the ability to use clinical trials, diagnostic services and specialized research. As one of only 50 National Cancer Institutes (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, the pediatric care includes a full team approach and a commitment to returning a child with cancer back to a life that is focused on their future. Compassionate care for the needs of the child and family members is the highest priority.
With 12 locations in Eastern North Carolina, Physicians East combines as team of professionals that work together to develop the personalized health care plan that’s tailored to the needs of the patient. Their Patient Centered Medical Home approach model fuses information technology and teamwork for care improvement while also allowing better patient experience and a reduction in costs. Medical homes encourage a partnership between the patients and their personal clinicians. The model also incorporates the ability for a specialist to be available when a patient needs them as well as explaining options and choices. Assisting in taking charge gives patients and their families a bit of peace of mind as they coordinate to help find specialists and get needed appointments while ensuring that the specialists receive the information they need to follow through with care.
As a unique combination of health colleges, centers, and institutes, the University of Florida Health group of hospitals brings patient care programs to the forefront. Their academic health centers have made discoveries that have led to patient care breakthroughs and they offer state-of-the-art, world-class health centers. UF Health offers specialty cancer hospitals with teams of professionals that will guide the patient and their families through the road of treatment and offering options based on the specific type of cancer. Experienced staff with backgrounds in oncology, social work, psychology, creative arts and holistic healing, engage patients and families in a variety of educational opportunities and support services designed to foster personal discovery.
The over 15 locations throughout Kansas personalizes treatments for each patient based on their unique molecular and genetic characteristics. Their focus is to ensure that they provide the safest and most effective treatment for the individual. Their highest priority is in providing patients and their families with the best medical and supportive care. Changing the experience of cancer in the world requires giving all people better access to novel treatments and breakthrough ideas as well as leveraging their capabilities as a force in cancer prevention, research, and patient care. Their pediatric oncology and hematology team has compassionate care for childhood cancers and their doctors are experts in treating all types of childhood cancers, including some of the rarest. Their KU Kids Healing Place program starts at the beginning of diagnosis and addresses the family’s long-term educational, social, psychological, spiritual, and financial needs. Kids can talk to the experts with the Connected Kansas Kids program, and their friends and teachers are invited to participate. Communication helps to reduce the mystery of cancer and can assist in fighting the disease.
With locations all over Maryland, the theme at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center is “Cancer care that honors the body, mind and spirit.” Teams of experts address the medical needs of the patient while also focusing on making the journey to battle the disease a bit easier. UM St. Joseph Medical Center’s Cancer Institute brings hope to patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment services and uses cutting-edge technologies. The Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center at UM St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute offers holistic and integrative therapies and programs to support patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Treating the disease means treating the whole person.