Five Reasons Our Cancer Center is Tops

Cancer Badge from the U.S. News & World ReportIt’s devastating to learn your child has cancer. And while most of you won’t have to go through that frightening ordeal, it’s comforting to know that, if needed, you have one of the best pediatric cancer centers in the nation right in your own backyard.

For the fifth year, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, CCBD, at Children’s Medical Center Dallas has been ranked among the top pediatric cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. While the criteria that goes into being picked by the magazine is thorough and specific, here are the top five reasons why we think U.S.News named CCBD as one of the best pediatric cancer centers in the country:

• The hematology-oncology physicians carry out laboratory-based research focused on a wide variety of cancer biology and blood disorder topics to develop more effective pediatric hematology-oncology therapy. The research is funded by regional and national foundations as well as industry and federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program is acclaimed for its research accomplishments in childhood leukemia, brain tumors, sickle cell disease and other anemias, bone marrow failure and bleeding and clotting disorders.

• The efforts of the hematology-oncology physicians are supported on an integral basis by an outstanding staff of clinical and advanced practice nurses, child life specialists, psychosocial staff and research personnel. In addition, collaboration with other medical and surgical specialties helps support activities that keep the program among the very best in the nation.

• The center is part of the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas and provides diagnostic and treatment services to approximately 1,200 new patients each year. In addition to training medical students and residents, since 1983 the fellowship training program at Children’s and UT Southwestern has prepared more than 70 pediatricians to become blood and cancer specialists. Some of the program’s graduates are now national leaders in their respective areas of patient care research.

• The center includes a stem cell transplant program for children with a variety of malignant and non-malignant disorders which is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and recognized as a transplant center by the National Marrow Donor Program.

• The After the Cancer Experience (ACE) program provides long-term monitoring for survivors of childhood cancer. The program is the only one in Texas and one of only a few in the country that monitors patients for late effects into adulthood.

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4 Responses to Five Reasons Our Cancer Center is Tops

  1. Amanda Witt September 18, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I love and truly enjoy working at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. I work with amazing people, and am grateful to have found new friends and a new home away from home.

  2. Cristy Ecton September 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s is because of EVERYONE’s dedication – from the physicians who train for a decade to become an oncology-hematology specialist to the nurses who journey through the treatment with the family day-in and day-out to the families who support each other, the patients who share their faces and voices and all the other medical team members, community supporters, volunteers, donors … this achievement is because of a unified effort of many passionate, talented people.

  3. John M July 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    In Sepetember of 2011, my grandson was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma(bone cancer in his leg). The news was devastating to our family as it is to every family who has a child that suffers with cancer, chemo, and surgery. CMC Dallas becomes your home and your extended family. The nurses take care of not only the patient, but also the patient’s family. They are always kind, loving, and compassionate, no matter what each day’s challenges bring their way. The doctors are the same way. When you are fortunate enough to be able to leave there as a result of the cancer being in remission, you feel like you are leaving a part of your family-not just some people who come to work every day to take care of sick children. These people all have a special calling to work in an area where many days are filled with sadness and many days are filled with joy. No matter which day it is for them, they still put the patients and their families trials and feelings ahead of their own needs. Most of us could not even begin to do the difficult job they do in the midst of such trials. Healing your child becomes their mission and their passion. They are the best without question, and we pray that God will bless them all the days of their lives just as they have blessed ours.

  4. amy phillips July 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    i will have to agree with this. our luke was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 1996 @ age 7mos. we had the choice of st jude in tennessee or dallas cmc, we stayed in dallas to be near family. (were about 100 miles away) i am an rn but here im his mom. i love them. when he was diagnosed there were only about 1 case per year, the coroner found the rest. praise God we found dr robert bash when we did. luke was living on borrowed time. its a tragedy for any family, but dallas cmc makes this experience do~able. everyone is so kind and treats my child like he is thier own..nothing but the best. thanks cmc for giving me a life with my son who is now over 6′ tall and 200# VERY HEALTHY!

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