Learn about pediatric cancer, how it affects kids, and how you can help support The Endowed Chair in Childhood Cancer Research at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
We know a cancer diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming for you and your child. That’s why Nemours’ board-certified pediatric oncologists, specialty nurses, cancer researchers, and other pediatric oncology care team members are dedicated to guiding your family throughout your cancer journey — offering support and top-rated care every step of the way.
Today, the survival rate for kids with cancer is at 80% or more, depending on the type of cancer, how early it’s caught, and each child’s overall health. That means most children with cancer can — and do — get better. Whatever kind of cancer your child is facing, we’re here to give you the most compassionate, comprehensive pediatric oncology care available.
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- Camp Boggy Creek — Located in Eustis, FL, this year-round, free camp works in association with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and is open to children with cancer and blood disorders between the ages of 7 and 16, and their siblings. Camp Boggy Creek also holds an annual Family Weekend camp for families of children with cancer.
- Hole in the Wall Gang Camp – Founded by Paul Newman, and located in Ashford, CT, these year-round free, week-long sleepover camps and special weekends are open to children with cancer or blood disorders between the ages of 7 and 15 and their siblings.
A pediatric cancer diagnosis is hard for any parent to grasp. If you’ve just found out your child may have cancer, you might be filled with a variety of emotions – from numbness and denial to fear, anger, sadness, and confusion. At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, we understand. But you don’t have to fight alone – and there is hope for a better tomorrow.
Compassionate Care for Children With Cancer
Today, about 80% of childhood cancers can be cured. That means most kids with cancer can – and do – get better. If your child is facing cancer, know that we’re here to give your child the most compassionate, comprehensive cancer care available.
If you child needs chemotherapy or another minor procedure, you can get it right here at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, Monday through Friday. All of our kid-friendly chemotherapy rooms are equipped with TVs, DVDs, toys, and age-appropriate Wii video games to help keep your child occupied during treatment.
If your child needs to be admitted to the hospital, our state-of-the-art Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, offers top-rated pediatric care geared entirely toward kids and their families.
At the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, we’re part of the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. This program connects all of the oncology and hematology resources throughout Nemours in Florida and the Delaware Valley – and allows our specialists to pool their resources and expertise to provide better care to children with all types of cancers and blood disorders (including bone marrow failure and sickle cell disease).
As part of the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (NCCCR, our research arm), doctors and other scientists throughout Nemours – and beyond – collaborate to study cancer and investigate potential new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat children with cancer. As a children’s health system, we take great pride in research at Nemours so that we can better serve children with cancer and blood and bone disorders today and in the future.
The mission of our pediatric cancer specialists and scientists is to build one of the nation’s top childhood cancer research centers – developing strategies to improve prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood cancers.
Our overarching goal is to achieve a 100% cure rate of childhood cancers – and with minimal side effects. We aim to do “whatever it takes” to support research into finding new and better treatment options. Our center is a place where scientists, doctors, patients, families, and the community can come together to improve children’s health.
- Learn more about our comprehensive research efforts that work hand-in-hand with our cancer care
When kids have cancer, healing their minds and hearts matters as much as healing their bodies. That’s why we offer activities that can help comfort and soothe children with cancer, such as:
- pet therapy – Animal-assisted activities teams (of dogs and their handlers) visit children and families in waiting rooms almost weekly, offering a calming distraction from the disease and treatment.
- art therapy – With the help of volunteers, children with cancer are encouraged to express their artistic talents with drawings and paintings, many of which grace the walls of our clinic.
- beaded journey – This program offers a distraction to children receiving chemotherapy and other treatments by giving them a different colored bead documenting the various procedures on their journey with cancer. Volunteers come to the clinic with sewing machines and work with children, helping them sew on the beads to create fun pillowcases, puppets, and other keepsake items.
Compassionate Experts Devoted to Your Child's Condition
When you come to Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, you get a whole team of professionals — like an extended family — devoted to your child. Our expansive pediatric cancer care team helps families like yours throughout the course of your cancer journey, providing the most up-to-date treatments, innovative research, and family-centered care from Nemours’ pediatric cancer experts.
Our pediatric oncology team includes a variety of physicians and health care professionals experienced in treating children with cancer and blood disorders. Depending on your child’s cancer, the care team may include pediatric oncologists (doctors who specialize in cancer), social workers, Child Life specialists (who’ll provide supportive and educational services and activities to promote positive coping strategies and help you and your child understand the entire cancer experience), dietitians, and specially trained oncology nurses.
One very important team member will be your pediatric cancer care coordinator. This person is assigned to you and your child and will help navigate your child’s care from diagnosis to survivorship, providing resources and education needed to assist with ongoing treatment, even when your child leaves the hospital.
Your child may have a form of cancer that involves other areas of medicine. In that case, one of our pediatric specialists in other fields may also work with your child’s care team as needed.
Every member of your child’s care team will have secure access to your child’s medical information, with just the click of a button. Our award-winning electronic medical record makes it easy for everyone to always stay on the same page about your child’s care – at the same time.
Many children with cancer also get the benefit of our “tumor board” — a group of pediatric specialists representing various specialties who meet every week to discuss children with complex cancer cases. And members of a special brain tumor clinic collaborate on treatment decisions for children with brain tumors. It’s like getting a second opinion without making an appointment.
We Value Your Involvement in Your Child's Care
We may know how to treat your child’s cancer, but no one knows your child better than you. That’s why we want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process for your child’s treatment. We’ll explain every step in easily understandable terms, present all options including alternative methods, and invite your input.
Whatever you’re facing, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own – your child, our promise.