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Cancer Treatments for Children & Adolescents

At Children’s Hospital New Orleans, we make use of numerous treatments in the fight against cancer in children and adolescents. The following are brief descriptions of our various programs.


A full range of treatment options is available for children with acute lymphocytic and acute or chronic myelogenous leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation and CAR-T cell therapy. Our providers are knowledgeable about the most recent developments in the field and strive to provide the most effective treatments while also limiting side-effects.

Learn more about our Stem Cell, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Solid tumors

At Children's Hospital, pediatric experts treat a variety of tumors including neuroblastoma, tumors of the central nervous system (brain and spine), soft tissue sarcoma, bone sarcoma, retinoblastoma and Wilms tumor.

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is represented by the following medical and surgical disciplines:

  • Pediatric oncologic surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Pediatric neuro-oncology
  • Genitourinary oncologic surgery
  • Orthopedic oncologic surgery
  • Pediatric ocular surgery
  • Radiation oncology
  • Pediatric pathology

Members of our medical team are highly skilled individuals dedicated to providing the latest innovative treatments to our young patients.

Cancer survivorship clinic

The Center’s Treatment After Cancer and Late Effects (TACLE) Clinic is Louisiana’s first and only dedicated pediatric cancer survivorship clinic. The main goals of the TACLE Clinic are to improve the health and well-being of childhood cancer survivors by promoting adherence to a schedule of follow-up appointments and routine screening tests, and to educate patients, families and healthcare professionals about the long-term effects of cancer treatment.

Learn more about the TACLE Clinic

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer Programs

We realize that adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer have unique needs and face challenges not encountered by other groups. It is our goal to ensure that our patients between the ages of 15 and 22 receive the best available individualized care by providing state of the art treatment options with a comprehensive team approach that addresses the physical, psychological, social and emotional needs of adolescents and young adults along the journey from diagnosis, to treatment, remission and survivorship. Our team has the expertise of pediatric oncologists, internal medicine and pediatric trained physicians, adult oncologists, fertility preservation experts, surgeons, radiation oncologists, psychologists, social workers and clinical trial coordinators. Most of our treatment protocols come from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a national organization funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI); we are also members of Alliance Clinical Trials and ECOG-ACRIN. The AYA team participates in a multi-disciplinary tumor board with states in the Gulf South and Texas. Our adolescents and young adults have access to the Teen Room; a space that provided teens and young adults a place to read, play video games and have computer access.

Palliative care

Children’s Hospital’s pediatric palliative care team, the Pelican Krewe, specializes in family-centered care of the body, mind and spirit of children with complex medical conditions. The multidisciplinary care team coordinates care and helps patients and families gain strength to carry on with daily life, affirming, guiding and supporting them while making the best possible decisions for their family. The Pelican Krewe supports patients and families by helping them understand treatment goals and options during the child’s journey. Children’s Hospital’s Pelican Krewe is the only pediatric palliative care program in Louisiana.

Children’s Oncology Group

The Children's Oncology Group (COG) is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored cooperative group of individuals and institutions dedicated to treating cancer among children and adolescents.

COG's purpose is to:

  • Improve the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with cancer, with the aim of curing every newly diagnosed patient
  • Investigate the etiology, pathology and pathophysiology of childhood cancer
  • Assure that every child with cancer achieves the highest quality of life during and following treatment
  • Expeditiously disseminate knowledge of these objectives in all appropriate media

Children's Hospital and the LSU Health New Orleans/Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center have been members of COG for almost 20 years. This allows the LSU Health New Orleans/Children's Hospital Minority NCI Oncology Research Program (NCORP) to offer innovative and up-to-date clinical trials as part of the NCI-sponsored COG site.

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