Cancer Center

The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is top ranked in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital survey.

At CHOP, internationally recognized pediatric oncologists and clinical teams with expertise in specific types of cancer work together to diagnose and treat patients with those cancers. Our approach is evidence-based and backed by the latest research advancements. The programs at our pediatric cancer treatment center are wide-ranging and include:

  • Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
  • Hereditary Cancer Predisposition Program
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
  • Neuro-Oncology Program
  • Psychosocial Services Program
  • Refractory Neuroblastoma Program
  • Solid Tumor Program
  • Surgical Oncology Program
  • Survivorship Program

We have some of the top clinicians in the world, as well as leading researchers who are dedicated to studying the very cancers that we treat. This collaboration between oncologists and researchers allows us to fast forward advances in research and treatment to benefit our patients more quickly.

We also provide a level of support to families that is not always available in other centers. Together, more than 175 staff members specifically support oncology patients and have the resources to meet any need a family may have.

Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is an innovative form of radiation treatment that allows for more conformed radiation doses delivered to cancerous tumors. Radiation therapy, while helpful in treating the tumor, often comes with side effects, some of which can be very harmful to growing and developing children.

Proton therapy’s greatest benefit is that it is less damaging to the surrounding healthy tissue because it delivers most of its energy to a very narrow field at the location of the tumor. The treatment is particularly beneficial for children as less damage to healthy tissue, especially critical organs like the brain, heart, lungs and eyes, means greater chances of overall improvement, health and longevity.

The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers proton therapy in collaboration with Penn Medicine at The Roberts Proton Therapy Center.

Worldwide, availability of proton therapy is limited. Eleven of the 40 centers in the world are located in the United States, and one of those is right here in Philadelphia.

This new and advanced center was designed specifically to accommodate the needs of children with cancer and their families. We offer:

  • A children’s playroom that helps to ease any anxiety associated with treatment
  • A team of child life specialists who are specially trained to help children cope with their proton and radiation sessions
  • Easy access to other CHOP subspecialists

Featured faculty

cohen_alanRochelle Bagatell, MD
Attending physician
Co-Director, Solid Tumor Program

Rochelle Bagatell, MD, is a pediatric oncologist with expertise in the care of children with solid tumors. She has a particular interest in the treatment of patients with sarcomas and neuroblastoma, and co-directs the solid tumor program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Read more »

Yael Mosse, MDYael P. Mossé, MD
Attending physician

Dr. Mossé’s clinical and research specialty is neuroblastoma, a cancer that starts in the nerve tissues of infants and young children. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed the nation's foremost clinical and research team devoted to children with neuroblastoma, and offers the possibility of clinical trials that are not available elsewhere. Read more »

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