|September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month|
The pediatric hematology-oncology program at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is one of the largest in the southeast United States and a leading center for cutting-edge treatment and clinical research. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to care that includes integrated outpatient and inpatient service both on our main campus in St. Petersburg and All Children’s Outpatient Care, Tampa (four days per week) – with support from a broad spectrum of expert and compassionate caregivers. In addition, we match your child with the best specialist for their situation and work collaboratively to provide individualized treatment for each case.
While 80 percent of pediatric cancer patients are cured – largely due to the success of pediatric cancer research – we must continue to aggressively pursue all options until no child dies from this disease.
Sadly, cancer remains the No. 1 killer of children under the age of 15. Some 10,500 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States (160,000 worldwide) and unfortunately more than 1,000 will die from their disease.
The good news is that we’ve made great strides in overcoming many of the types of cancers, especially when you consider that the cure rate in the 1960s was only 40 to 50 percent. Treatment has improved progressively due to what we’ve learned through clinical research trials.
That is why research is critically important in fighting this war, giving young patients and their families hope for a cancer-free future.