CareTalk: Blog for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Get insights and inspiration from Nemours’ experts in Hematology/Oncology.
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The most common pediatric cancer diagnosis here at Nemours and nationwide is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer that affects the body’s white blood cells, which help fight infection and protect the body against disease.
Thanks to advances in therapy and clinical trials, the outlook for kids with ALL (also called acute lymphocytic leukemia) is extremely promising. And at Nemours we’re doing whatever it takes to help kids with cancer live — and live better and longer.
From 1994 to 2004, we’re proud to say that at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville our overall 5-year survival rate (that’s the number of kids alive 5 years after diagnosis and the start of their treatment) was far better than the national average of 80%.
Of course, every child’s disease, prognosis, and treatment plan are different. But we treat each and every patient we see with the same level of high-quality care to get them the very best outcome we can.
When you bring your child to any of Nemours’ Divisions of Hematology/Oncology you can rest assured that you’re getting the very best cancer care available.
In addition to our highly skilled, experienced oncology care teams devoted to childhood cancer, we’re part of a worldwide group of children’s cancer specialists and institutions called the Children’s Oncology Group (or COG). That means every child treated for cancer at Nemours has access to state-of-the-art treatments proven to be the most effective — and clinical trials of promising new therapies that aim to reduce side effects and improve kids’ quality of life.
Nemours cancer specialists and team members also regularly meet as a group (called a “tumor board”) to discuss complex and unusual cases. While reviewing the cases in detail, the team members learn from each other and come up with the very best treatment plans for each child. This collaboration ensures that your child benefits from the combined knowledge and strength of cancer specialists in the Nemours health system. It’s like getting a second or third opinion without making an appointment at another medical facility.
When combining our patient numbers from our many Nemours locations in the North and South, we’re proud to say that we have one of the largest pediatric hematology/oncology programs in the country. In 2008 and 2009, we saw nearly 9,000 children with various illnesses at all of our locations offering hematology/oncology combined. Parents from all over the country and the world entrust our division with their children’s care.
But it’s not just about the numbers of patients we see. It’s about our commitment to using our expertise and experience to best serve all of the children who need us as we would our own — whatever it takes.