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Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is the world’s largest research program at a pediatric institution, and we’re known for pioneering new treatments. A large part of our success comes from our commitment to research—and to advancing the frontiers of what’s possible through our innovative approach.
Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are also conducting numerous research studies to help better understand and treat soft tissue sarcomas.
Types of treatment currently being studied include:
OncoMap: A personalized approach to treatment
OncoMap is a new approach of mass spectrometry (a method of looking at genes at a molecular level) used at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Mass spectrometry is a screening technology typically used for detecting changes in genetic material, DNA. OncoMap is using that same technology to look at the genetic material of tumors, essentially looking at the genetic code of the tumor and revealing information about the tumor that could help create treatment plans that can be personalized to the genetic characteristics of the patient’s tumor. To use a sports analogy, it would be like seeing the playbook of your opponent which would reveal vulnerable places to attack your opponent. Similarly, OncoMap can provide genetic information about the tumor and could help create a unique treatment plan to attack the cancer in the most effective way.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”