Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital works in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the No.1 oncology hospital in the country, and sees more types of cancer than any other children’s hospital in Texas. Through the inter-institution collaboration, patients who come to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital have access to the most advanced and innovative treatment approaches, including clinical trials. Physicians at both hospitals are members of the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Physicians affiliated with the inter-institutional collaborative program work together to provide:
Comprehensive medical and surgical care to children with cancer. When children come to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with signs and symptoms of malignancy, a diagnosis is confirmed and they are either transferred to the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center-Children’s Cancer Hospital to begin chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or they undergo surgical removal of the tumor at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. This is followed by transfer to the MD Anderson Cancer Center for continued treatment and follow-up after they recover from the operation.
Physicians affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital have a high level of experience caring for children with cancer and work closely with pediatric oncologists, pediatric radiation oncologists and other pediatric subspecialists within the physician community at both hospitals. Together, they treat all forms of pediatric cancer, performing surgical resections for:
- Non-central nervous system solid tumors, including Wilms’ tumor
- Liver cancer
- Soft-tissue sarcomas
- Endocrine tumors, including thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, pituitary and von Hippel- Lindau syndrome
- Leukemia and lymphoma patients, who are provided central venous access and biopsy as needed.
Affiliated surgeons are readily available to families of all children undergoing treatment and provide the same level of care they expect for their own families. Current research is focused on understanding disparities in access to care, treatment and outcomes for children with surgical diseases, including cancer, and developing technologies that help alleviate those disparities.