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Treatment for Childhood Solid Tumors

  • The Solid Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center treats children and teens with a variety of solid malignancies, including bone and soft-tissue tumors, liver and kidney tumors, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, and rare tumors. Our doctors provide unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of these diseases.
  • Why Choose Dana-Farber/Boston Children's?

    Our pediatric specialists provide unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of solid tumors in children.

    World-renown Specialists

    Our oncologists are internationally recognized and considered leaders in their clinical fields. Our surgeons have unparalleled experience in performing specialized surgeries, including rotationplasty for bone tumors, radical resection for liver tumors, and bilateral Wilms tumor surgery. Our interventional radiologists use minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy to help kill tumors.

    Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

    Our team includes pathologists with specialized expertise in childhood solid tumors. We offer genetic profiling of all solid tumors and use molecular diagnostic testing to identify specific tumor mutations, which sometimes can help identify which treatments are more likely to work.

    Specialized Programs

    We offer five specialized programs for the diagnosis and treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors, kidney tumors, liver tumors, neuroblastoma, rare tumors and retinoblastoma.

    MIBG Therapy

    We are the only center in New England, and one of only a few in the country, to offer I-131 MIBG therapy for children with relapsed neuroblastoma.

    Innovative Clinical Trials

    We offer innovative treatment options and clinical trials, including experimental therapies for relapsed, recurrent, or refractory solid tumors.

    Second Opinions

    We offer expert second opinions (in-person or online) for complex medical questions or decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan for your child.

    Stem Cell Transplant

    We offer one of the largest and most experienced pediatric stem cell transplant centers in the world. Our state-of-the-art stem cell transplant facility is designed specifically for children and teens undergoing stem cell transplant — minimizing their exposure to harmful toxins and germs without preventing their freedom to leave their room or interact with family and friends.

    Services to Improve Quality of Life

    We provide a range of innovative programs to improve quality of life during and after treatment, including the back-to-school program, home hydration program (to minimize time spent in the hospital receiving chemotherapy) and multiple, age-appropriate activities and outings with child-life specialists.