Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Care
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Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer image At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center we treat more children and young adults with cancer daily than any other institution in the world. Our Pediatric Disease Management Team includes more than 30 full-time physicians and surgeons, each of whom has expertise in one or more areas of pediatric oncology.

The Center's physicians and scientists have pioneered many pacesetting therapeutic regimens that have made possible the remarkable progress in treating many infants, children, teenagers, and young adults with cancer.

The unique multidisciplinary approach at Memorial Sloan-Kettering offers children and young adults with cancer the best opportunity for accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment available, emphasizing treatments that target and cure cancer and return children to a normal life. Each child at Memorial Sloan-Kettering is assigned to a team that consists of an attending physician, nurse practitioner, and social worker. The attending physician makes the diagnosis, suggests the treatment strategy, and supervises all aspects of care. This team coverage continues even after a child has completed treatment and is part of the Center's unique Long-Term Follow-Up and Adult Survivor programs, which are designed to meet the individualized health care needs of childhood cancer survivors and is available to children and young adults who have been off treatment for at least two years.

In 1969, Memorial Sloan-Kettering opened the world's first Pediatric Day Hospital to allow children to receive state-of-the-art cancer care on an outpatient basis. Today, approximately 90 percent of therapy here is delivered in ambulatory settings, and repeated hospitalizations for chemotherapy are avoided for the majority of children throughout their treatment.