Immunotherapy

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the Delaware Valley and Florida

Immunotherapy Locations

 
Wilmington, Del.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441


Pediatric Immunotherapy Program Highlights

Our immunotherapy treatment highlights include:

  • researchers and clinicians who bring promising immunotherapy treatments for high-risk childhood cancers quickly to the bedside
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • kid-friendly, outpatient infusion suite equipped with computers, TVs, DVDs, toys and age-appropriate video games to keep children occupied
  • active Child Life and volunteer program offering play therapy, art therapy and more during treatment
Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • transition of care

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Delaware »

 
Orlando, Fla.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715


Pediatric Immunotherapy Program Highlights

Our immunotherapy treatment highlights include:

  • researchers and clinicians who bring promising immunotherapy treatments for high-risk childhood cancers quickly to the bedside
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • an outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite that overlooks a serene rooftop garden
  • kid-friendly, outpatient infusion suite equipped with computers, TVs, DVDs, toys and age-appropriate video games to keep children occupied
  • active Child Life and volunteer program offering play therapy, art therapy and more during treatment
Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • transition of care

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Orlando »

 
Jacksonville, Fla.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3789

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pediatric Immunotherapy Program Highlights

Our pediatric immunotherapy treatment highlights include:

  • collaboration with our pediatric partner and neighbor Wolfson Children’s Hospital
  • researchers and clinicians who bring promising immunotherapy treatments for high-risk childhood cancers to bedside quickly and safely
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • kid-friendly atmosphere equipped with computers, iPads, TVs, DVDs, toys and age-appropriate video games to keep children occupied
  • active Child Life and volunteer program offering play therapy, art therapy and more during treatment
Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • transition of care

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Jacksonville »

 
Pensacola, Fla.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4790

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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Pediatric Chemotherapy Treatment Highlights

Our chemotherapy treatment highlights include:

  • collaboration with our pediatric partner and neighbor Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart (in the Dr. Thomas G. Jenkins Pediatric Oncology Unit)
  • researchers and clinicians who bring promising immunotherapy treatments for high-risk childhood cancers to bedside quickl
  • standard of care and clinical trial participation as part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) (the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research)
  • compassionate nurse coordinators and social workers provide treatment education, tips to manage side effects and resources for your child and family
  • kid-friendly, outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite equipped with computers, TVs, DVDs, toys and age-appropriate video games to keep children occupied during treatment
Support Services for Your Family

Nemours provides an array of support services to help your child and family throughout the entire journey. Our supportive care begins on the very first day we meet, and continues beyond treatment because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 

  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • support groups
  • survivorship programs
  • transition of care

Learn More About All of Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Facilities and Services in Pensacola »

About Pediatric Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy for childhood cancers and blood disorders stimulates the body’s own immune system to fight cancer cells and other diseases. Used in combination with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, immunotherapy increases the cure rate for many types of childhood cancers and benign (noncancerous) blood diseases.

At the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, we’re at the leading edge of delivering new ways to kill cancer cells using the body’s own immune system.


How Immunotherapy Works

Immunotherapy for childhood cancer and blood disorders boosts the immune system, our natural defense against infections. Immunotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, keeping cancer cells from spreading (or “metastasizing”) to other parts of the body, and improving the natural ability for destroying cancer cells.

Immunotherapy is a successful treatment for childhood cancers such as leukemias, lymphomas, neuroblastoma and soft-tissue sarcomas, as well as certain blood disorders including thrombocytopenia.


Types of Immunotherapy Treatments

There are many different types of immunotherapy, which involves injecting biological response modifiers (or “BRMs”) to stimulate the body’s ability to fight disease (called “active immunotherapy”) or to supplement the immune system to make it work better (called “passive immunotherapy”). Some types are listed below.

 
Monoclonal Antibodies

Targets specific parts of cancer cells through manmade antibodies that attach themselves to certain cancer antigens. Monoclonal antibodies work by themselves or in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation by taking the substances straight to the cancer cell.

 
Cancer Vaccines

Used to prevent cancer or treat it, cancer vaccines train the immune system either to fight viruses that can cause cancer (human papillomavirus or hepatitis B), or to recognize and destroy cancer cells through exposure.

 
Nonspecific Immunotherapy (Cytokines)

Nonspecific immunotherapy does not target cancer cells directly, but instead stimulates the immune system to work better. Cytokines is a type of nonspecific immunotherapy and includes natural chemicals made by the immune system.

Some nonspecific immunotherapies include:
  • interferons (assists the immune system to fight cancer and slow its growth)
  • interleukins (helps immune system make cells that destroy cancer)
  • granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (or “GM-CSF,” which stimulates bone marrow to make immune cells and blood cells)

What to Expect With Immunotherapy

How Immunotherapy Treatment Is Administered

Some immunotherapy is administered as an infusion given intravenously (through an IV), while others, such as in vaccinations, are given in the form of a shot.

Side Effects of Immunotherapy in Children

Side effects of immunotherapy for treating childhood cancer vary depending on the type. At Nemours, we have the support programs in place to help your child and family manage and treat symptoms due to:

  • nausea
  • chills
  • weakness
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • rashes

Resources

 
Informative Articles & Videos for Parents From Nemours’ KidsHealth

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General Information
 
Immunotherapy Resources & Information

Appointments & Referrals

Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

(800) 416-4441


Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

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