#1 Ranked Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report
MyPatients provides referring primary care providers with secure access to their patients’ information.
Boston Children's has launched the world's 1st program dedicated to offering hand transplants to children who qualify.
Innovation insider is a semi-monthly e-newsletter analyzes innovations at Boston Children’s, other academic medical centers and from industry.
Read the latest blog by a Boston Children's doctor, clinician or staff member.
There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Surgery includes biopsy and removal of the entire tumor and nearby tissue. Depending on the location and size of the tumor, it may be necessary to remove all or part of the limb. In most cases limb-sparing surgery is used to avoid amputation.
The following is a description of both procedures.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays (radiation) from a specialized machine to damage or kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. This is often used together with surgery, either before or after removal of the tumor. On rare occasions, radiation alone is used for treatment of the primary tumor.
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce.
How is chemotherapy given?
Different chemotherapies may be given:
How is chemotherapy used?
This depends on many factors. Some things to keep in mind:
Does chemotherapy come with bad side effects?
While chemotherapy can be quite effective in treating certain cancers, the agents do not differentiate normal healthy cells from cancer cells. Because of this, there can be many adverse side effects during treatment.
Being able to anticipate these side effects can help your child, family and your child's health care team prepare for and sometimes prevent these symptoms from occurring.
Continuous follow-up care
A schedule of follow-up care will be determined by your child's physician and other members of the care team to monitor ongoing response to treatment and possible late effects of treatment.
Treatment options will vary greatly, depending your child's situation. Your child's physician and other members of his care team will discuss these with you in-depth.
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.”