About The Cancer Center
The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research. Patients and families come to CHOP from around the globe to receive the best available pediatric cancer care from some of the world's top clinicians.
Not only are CHOP's oncologists providing the most advanced treatments for pediatric cancers, they're working every day to develop new therapies to treat children battling these devastating diseases, and addressing the late effects of cancer treatment felt by those who've won their fight.
A commitment to pediatric cancer research
Driving CHOP's commitment to cancer research is the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, a Center of Emphasis at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. The pediatric cancer research conducted here encompasses highly integrated basic, translational and clinical research involving physicians, nurses, psychologists, scientists and other health professionals who are all experts in their respective fields.
The collaboration between physicians and researchers at CHOP allows the Cancer Center to accelerate research and treatment advances and benefit patients more quickly. And this synergy has driven a greater understanding of the molecular basis of different cancers and new progress in psychosocial care — two things that are bringing us closer to a new era in the treatment of childhood cancer.
Read more about the exciting work being done at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, presented at the Cancer Center's first Pediatric Cancer Summit.
Navigating life after childhood cancer
As a result of the advances made in childhood cancer treatment, there are more than 270,000 pediatric cancer survivors living in the United States.
Three out of four of those patients will have some emotional or physical side effect from their cancer therapy. One in four will suffer from a serious long-term effect.
The Cancer Center at CHOP understands that patients who have finished treatment and whose disease is not likely to recur require specialized care in a clinic that focuses on the unique needs of survivors.
CHOP's own Anna Meadows M.D., developed the field of survivorship, which includes a multidisciplinary group of individuals who focus their efforts on caring for cancer survivors and researching ways to improve care to this patient population.
The Cancer Survivorship Clinic now follows nearly 500 patients a year who are experiencing or may be at risk for the late effects of cancer treatment.
More About CHOP
Founded in 1855 as the first pediatric hospital in America, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a non-profit children's charity devoted to the idea that kids deserve the best possible care. Patients from all 50 states and more than 50 countries come to CHOP for family-centered medical care that is consistently ranked among the best in the United States and the world. Through its steadfast commitment to exceptional patient care, life-saving research, superior medical education and public service programs, CHOP has become one of the largest pediatric health care networks in the nation and has improved the lives of children worldwide.