Hematology and oncology research
When you think of the life you can give by successfully treating a small child or young person who has cancer or a blood disorder, it's easy to understand the importance of pediatric cancer and hematology research.
When we say we really care for kids, we're not just talking about medicines and treatments. When our patients and their families come to us, medical treatment can last months and, in many cases, years. That means they become a part of our team ... and part of our family here at the medical center. They touch our hearts and our lives, and that pushes us even harder to continue to advance the research and technologies available to them.
Choosing a research facility
For many years cancer research and treatment focused on adults, but children have very special needs because their bodies are still growing and changing. What works for adults doesn't always work for kids, sometimes resulting in side effects and secondary conditions later in life. As an active research facility, we are at the forefront of treatments for kids from prenatal through early adulthood. This lets us work closely with each patient and the families to look at the options and advanced care—from genetics to stem cell transplants to targeted therapies—that otherwise might not be available to them.
Not only do we build relationships with a global network of leading researchers, we also partner with our patients and parents starting on day one of the diagnosis; and it is only in the context of that relationship that we introduce the subject of research. Parents do not want to expose their children to risks, but most of them come to understand the concept of clinical trials. We explain how our clinical research has advanced the field of medicine and how it contributes to our cure rates here, as well as advances in oncology and hematology.
Although Cook Children's is not a traditional academic center affiliated with a university, we are academic in how we approach research and practice day in and day out. As a key collaborator with the nation's leading pediatric research organizations, our team offers the best available treatments and contributes to the search for a cure.
Cook Children's is a member institution or has received accreditation from several nationally-known cancer and blood disorder organizations for conducting research trials including:
- Children's Oncology Group (COG).
- New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT).
- Therapeutic Advances for Childhood Leukemia (Phase I TACL).
- Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).
- Clinical Transplant Network (CTN).
- International Pediatric Stroke Society (IPSS).
- Regional Hemophilia Treatment Center.
- National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
- Many national and international patient registries.
We have also collaborated with several recognized research institutions including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital as well as other high-performing regional academic institutions.
Not every cancer or blood disorder requires treatment through a current clinical trial. In fact, there are many cases that we can now treat and even cure with broad scope solutions, but those available treatments exist because of ongoing research. However, there are still many cancers and blood disorders that are rare or challenging for which there are no cures. For the children who are diagnosed with them, research often provides the best chance of recovery. It is for that reason that we are involved in research and our continued pursuit of a cure for each and every child. And we won't stop until we find a way to make childhood carefree and cancer free for all kids, now and in the future.
New approaches to neuroblastoma therapy (NANT)
The Children's Oncology Group (COG)
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If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. For information on support, research clinical trials, and resources, click here. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4007.