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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A special message from Dr. Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

September is the month where we honor children and their families fighting pediatric cancer. Unfortunately, cancer is not limited to adults. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death due to disease in children under the age 15, with a new patient diagnosed about every half hour in the United States. The types of cancer in children are different than those in adults as well; whereas adults most commonly suffer from lung, breast, colon and prostate cancer, children suffer from leukemiabrain tumors, and many with strange names like neuroblastomarhabdomyosarcomaEwing sarcoma and many others. The types of treatments used are quite different as well. We are fortunate to have been successful in figuring out how to successfully treat some cancers like lymphoid leukemiaretinoblastoma (eye cancer), and Wilms tumor (kidney cancer), but our success rate is lower for many other cancer types.  (read more...)

Understanding Genetic Predisposition to Cancer

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents commonly ask, “Does this put my other kids at higher risk for developing cancer as well?” Most of the time, the answer to this question is “no”. However, 5 to 15 percent of childhood cancers are associated with a genetic predisposition to cancer. (read more...)

Challenges of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer

Adolescents and Young Adults face many unique challenges with cancer, including anxiety, which often increases after treatments are completed. (read more...)

NEW Childhood Cancer Awareness Infographic

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5 to 14 years. Think you know the facts? Download our infographic and learn the latest on childhood cancer. (download PDF)

Psychosocial Services Team

At Nationwide Children’s, we understand cancer is more than just physical. That's why every family has the opportunity to receive services from a psychologist and social worker through our Psychosocial Services Team. (read more...)

Get a Glimpse of What It's Like to Have Childhood Cancer

Meet SullyLauren and Brayden; three amazing kids whose stories will inspire you and change the way you look at childhood cancer. 

Age: 10

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Age: 10
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
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Age: 4
Diagnosis:  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
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Hematology, Oncology and BMT Clinical Trials

At Nationwide Children's, our physicians and researchers have our patients involved in 193 different studies. Learn more about childhood cancer clinical trials going on now at Nationwide Children's. (read more...)

Childhood Cancer Frequently Asked Questions

A diagnosis of cancer can be scary for the entire family and it can be very hard to discuss. Our team of cancer experts has gathered together our most frequently asked questions with easy to understand answers.  (read more....)

AEP Lights Up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program

AYA Oncology patients have unique needs and challenges. Our AYA Program provides peer groups, social work and psychological support as well as a school liaison program.  

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Solving Kids' Cancer Podcasts

Division Chief Dr. Timothy P. Cripe, MD, PhD and his colleagues Robyn Dennis, MDNilay Shah, MDKeri Streby, MD, discuss pediatric cancer research in their podcast, This Week in Pediatric Oncology (TWiPO).

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