Cancer Resources for Healthcare Professionals | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Cancer Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Referral information

Initial diagnosis 

If you are a referring physician and suspect your patient has cancer, you may be seeking guidance on how to talk with the patient and family and what diagnostics and lab tests are appropriate at this time. One of our oncologists will work with you to determine the next best steps in the child's care and answer any questions you may have. Please call us from Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on our PHYSICIAN-ONLY line:

888-ONC-CHOP (888-662-2467)

Outside of these hours, please call 215-590-1000 and ask for the oncology fellow on call. You may also reach us by sending an e-mail.

Second opinions

If you have a patient whose cancer is relapsed or refractory and has proven to be resistant to standard treatments, you may wish to arrange a second opinion consultation to explore:

At the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, our oncologists and cancer care staff work collaboratively with you as the primary oncologist, making recommendations, keeping you informed, and helping determine a course of treatment that best serves the child, whether a family chooses CHOP for one or all components of the patient's treatment.

Here's what we will need in order to perform a thorough second opinion evaluation:

Patient summary

Parent or guardian contact information
Insurance information

Complete clinical summary

Physician's name and contact information
Diagnosis, or working diagnosis, and list of presenting symptoms
Diagnostic materials (tumor biopsy slides/tissue blocks)
Diagnostic scans (X-ray, CT, MRI, bone scan, PET scan, MIBG scan) including actual scans or biopsy slides when available
All clinical reports available, including:
Radiation therapeutic summary
Copy of any existing treatment plan
Again, please call our physician-only line: 888-ONC-CHOP (888-662-2467).

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