Pediatric Cancer

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“Additionally, because of Roswell Park’s focus on research and access to clinical trials, we can take advantage of many of the cutting-edge therapies developed and utilized there, such as CAR T-cell immunotherapy.”
"Mya is a dynamic little kid with an infectious smile. She’s at that age where she’s so happy about Christmas and everything is magical.”
The six pediatric nurses at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are often called upon to do more than other specialties: They need to help children, some too young to talk or understand what’s happening, through a scary and difficult time, while also comforting and supporting their parents and caregivers.
Getting children with cancer to take their medication can cause stress for the caregiver and lead to conflict within the family, and failure to achieve medication adherence can impact the child’s cancer outcomes.
“It brings me joy because he feels joy when he gives back to others. That’s who he’s been since he was a toddler."
“Roswell Park helped heal me over the years, and for that I am so thankful. I am happy to share my story of healing with others."
For many types of pediatric cancers, the treatment that helps save a child’s life might also cause lifelong challenges. A revolutionary new kind of therapy might change all that.

The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Take a closer look at the top five cancers found in children and the warning signs for each.

This year, the holiday season is extra important for Mason’s whole family. Last December, just 8 days before Christmas, their entire world was turned upside down.

Cancer is confusing, and It’s hard to find the right words to help a child understand such a difficult disease. While we can’t tell you exactly what to say, we hope these books give you a good starting point for open and honest communication. The list includes insightful and educational stories to help your entire family find comfort and inspiration when it’s most needed.

While there is no way to fully prepare for a cancer diagnosis, for parents coping with childhood cancer it's important to pay attention to any warning signs and recognize symptoms.