Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - Highlights
Phoenix Children's has the largest pediatric cancer program in Arizona and is a leading participant in research to find cures for cancer. The Hospital is a long-standing member of Children's Oncology Group (COG), a national research consortium, and one of three COG members in the state. Phoenix Children's is the only institution in Arizona conducting Phase I trials, giving pediatric cancer patients access to the latest and most advanced treatments available. The Oncology Program is also an active participant in the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutic Investigator Consortium (POETIC), a Phase I consortium composed of 10 large academic medical centers in the United States and Canada, and the TACL (Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia) Phase I/II consortium of leading pediatric oncology groups in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Provided in cooperation with Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children's has the only pediatric blood and marrow transplant (BMT) program in the Valley. In constructing its pediatric-dedicated facilities, Phoenix Children's included state-of-the-art rooms dedicated to the care of BMT patients who are immuno-compromised. The BMT inpatient unit is located within the hospital's hematology/oncology care area.
As one of the only two federally funded hemophilia centers in Arizona, the Hemophilia Center is the largest program of its kind in Arizona. Our Center is a member of the Mountain States Regional Hemophilia Centers, with affiliated centers located at the Universities of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Jaydie Lynn King Neuro-oncology Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital treats children with brain and spinal cord tumors, and is the only comprehensive pediatric neuro-oncology program in Arizona. Program providers work closely with a variety of sub-specialists and departments across the Hospital, and the program's highly trained coordinator is recognized as the neuro-oncology nursing expert in the state. The Neuro-oncology Program treats more than 70 percent of brain tumor patients in Arizona.
Phoenix Children's has the only pediatric program in Arizona conducting Phase I clinical oncology research studies. As part of the TACL (Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia) and POETIC consortium, our Program participates in phase I /II clinical trials of new drugs and novel drug combinations in which there are pre-clinical data that support testing these new approaches in recurrent childhood leukemia. POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium) promotes the early clinical development of promising therapies for the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and related disorders. As an organization, POETIC is committed to the design and conduct of early clinical trials, including improved access to early clinical trials for patients and families, and identification of agents and novel therapeutic strategies that promote and improve quality of life.
- Supportive counseling is provided to patients and their families from the time of diagnosis, throughout the treatment process, and follow-up care
- Development of coping skills, awareness of community resources and evolution of a positive, hopeful attitude are stressed
- Rainbow Kids' monthly events provide fun for the family as well as the opportunity to meet other families who have a child with cancer. Activities range from family picnics to hayrides
- Teen retreats
- Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for children who have cancer or a blood disorder
- School re-entry program and a college scholarship fund
- Camp Honor, a one week summer camp for children and siblings of children who are living with bleeding disorders
Numerous Affiliations, including:
- Association of Marriage and Family Counseling
- Children's Oncology Group COG
- Hemophilia Association
- Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers – APOSW
- National Association of Social Workers - NASW
- Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses - APON
- Children's Oncology Camping Association International – COCA
- Childhood Cancer Alliance – CCA (Steering Committee)
- Arizona Cancer Center
- Children's Oncology Association International
- American Society of Hematology – ASH
- American Association of Cancer Research – AACR
- National Hemophilia Foundation
- University of Arizona
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium
- American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant
- American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology
- Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutic Investigator Consortium (POETIC)
- Arizona Children's Therapeutic and Investigational Oncology Network (ACTION)
- Hemophilia Research Society
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
- TACL (Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia)