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At the Division of Radiation Oncology, your child will receive care from many of the world's most experienced pediatric cancer doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists at Boston Children's Hospital.
Our pediatric radiation oncologists are specially trained to give your child safe, effective radiation treatments to destroy or reduce the size of a tumor, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissues.
Our care team works closely with pediatric oncologists and pathologists, as well as pediatric neuro-oncologists, surgeons, and neuro-surgeons.
Radiation treatments may be done with or without other forms of treatment, such as surgery or chemotherapy.
At the Division of Radiation Oncology, your child will receive care from many of the world's most experienced pediatric cancer doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and internationally recognized pediatric subspecialists at Boston Children's Hospital. For example:
Radiation therapy is the single most effective cancer-treating agent. Tumors are rarely resistant to radiation therapy. However, radiation therapy can also damage normal, healthy tissue. With better imaging, faster computers, and improved radiation delivery systems, we've improved our ability to localize the dose of radiation to the tumor-bearing area, sparing most normal tissues.
Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the delivery of highly localized radiation therapy. Currently, our therapeutic machines and technologies to treat our patients include:
Designing a radiation treatment plan for your child is a three-part process that begins with your family coming in for a consultative meeting with our pediatric radiation oncologist. If radiotherapy is part of your child's overall cancer treatment plan, our radiation oncologist will walk you through this process step-by-step and is always available to answer questions.
We provide outpatient consultations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund Clinic or Boston Children's Hospital. Children requiring a hospital stay are admitted to one of the oncology units at Boston Children's Hospital.
Once you and your radiation oncologist decide to pursue radiation therapy for your child, we'll plan the specific technique for his or her treatment.
The first step in establishing a treatment plan is to identify the area to be treated. This "mapping" of the treatment area is done on a CT-simulator, which produces scans that help identify the best treatment approach for your child.
In order to provide the best possible treatment options:
After simulation is completed, we make calculations to determine the specific dose of radiation that should be given to the treatment area.
Treatments provided by our care team include:
As one of the world's leading centers caring for children and adolescents with cancer, our pediatric radiation oncologists at Children's work closely with specialists at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber to treat children using advanced radiation technology.
We're part of a multi-disciplinary care team that includes pediatric oncologists and pathologists, and in some cases, pediatric neuro-oncologists, surgeons and neuro-surgeons. Our treatment facility, located at Brigham and Women's Hospital, uses the newest possible technology and our specialists individualize each child's treatment.
These caregivers are dedicated to helping patients and participate in the entire treatment process to make the experience as positive as possible for you, your child, and your family.
Our team of pediatric radiation oncologists and physicists are developing improved radiation treatment approaches that will maximize the effectiveness of treatment and maintain your child's quality of life.
The Division of Radiation Oncology is actively involved in all pediatric oncology protocols that include radiotherapy, and are currently investigating the late effects of radiotherapy on the vascular system in children.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center also provides access to all open proton beam protocols offered through the Northeast Proton Therapy Center.
To learn more about our radiotherapy research or medical studies, please contact Karen J. Marcus, MD, by calling 888-PEDI-ONC (888-733-4662).
Clinical trials are studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new interventions. There are different types of cancer clinical trials, such as prevention trials, early detection trials, and treatment trials. The Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program participates in several multi-center national clinical trials.
We understand a cancer diagnosis is difficult, and we are always available to offer a consultation or second opinion for your child. To schedule an appointment, call us at 1-888-PEDI-ONC (733-4662).
To help us conduct a precise evaluation, it is important we receive a full summary of your child's initial diagnosis.
Patients with a new diagnosis should call our Pediatric Oncology New Patient Coordinator at 1-888-PEDI-ONC (733-4662).
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Families who live outside the United States should contact Children's International Center, which can coordinate the review of patient records and appointment scheduling and provide assistance with customs and immigration, transportation, and accommodations.
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