It’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.
Below are just a few of the many stories of survival we see every day in the CCBD at Children’s.
- Dasia’s oxygen
- Getting messy for a cause
- Making a statement
- Plano boy gives little brother life-saving transplant
- For sickle cell families, knowledge is power