Significant progress has been made in the treatment of cancer in children in recent decades. Many types of pediatric malignancies considered fatal 50 years ago are highly curable today. This remarkable progress has been achieved through multi-institutional trials made possible by the participation of the overwhelming majority of patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals.
Dedicated academic physicians, such as those at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center, have served as the catalysts in completing these trials – investigating new treatments and supporting patients along with their families throughout. Cancer in children often is quite distinct from adult cancer, as are the patients' needs. Children's is equally unique in its ability to offer comprehensive services tailored to children.
As cancer can strike virtually any site in the body, radiation may be used anywhere. It can be especially useful when a tumor affects surgically inaccessible sites or when surgery might be disfiguring.
Groundbreaking technology available at UT Southwestern features:
Physicians at UT Southwestern and Children's are at the forefront of pioneering the study of new agents to combat cancer, monitoring late effects of treatment, and improving our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer. Understanding the biology of the development of cancer moves discoveries from the lab bench to the bedside. At UT Southwestern and Children's, research is translated to helping patients and making cancer history.