Cancer Center

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Ranked No. 1 in the Nation for Cancer Care

The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is ranked number one in the nation, according to Parents magazine’s 2013 report of 10 Best Children’s Hospitals and is top ranked in U.S.News & World Report's 2013-14 rankings of Best Children's Hospitals. 

Parents magazine 10 Best Children’s Hospitals

cancer-c2-lrgCHOP’s ranking as the best pediatric hospital in the nation by Parents is based on a comprehensive, data-driven survey. CHOP was ranked in the top 3 in all 6 specialties included in the survey.

Parents magazine’s exclusive list of 10 Best Children’s Hospitals provides the most comprehensive family focused data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. In compiling the list, Parents focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

Highlighted in the Parents report was the cancer breakthroughs that have been made at CHOP, including CTL019, a clinical trial of T cell therapy for patients with B cell cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)Dr. Stephan Grupp leads CTL019 efforts at the Hospital. 

U.S.News Honor Roll: Best Children’s Hospital

cancer-c1-largeCHOP earned the No. 1 spot on the U.S.News & World Report Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. It is the third consecutive year CHOP has topped the Honor Roll. 

In addition to the overall Honor Roll ranking, U.S. News evaluates children’s hospitals in 10 specialty areas. For 2013-14, CHOP ranked in the top 4 nationwide in all 10 specialties.

To create the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers and asked 1,500 doctors in 10 pediatric specialties where they would send the sickest children. The hospital surveys detailed hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. A separate reputational survey of pediatric specialists also factored into the scores. For more information, see Best in the Nation.

Recognized Leader

Children experience cancer differently than adults do and respond better when they're treated in a place dedicated to their unique needs.

The Cancer Center is a recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research. 

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. 

Be sure to take our virtual tour to discover what makes the Cancer Center at CHOP truly unique when it comes to caring for your child.

Cancer Center of Excellence

 For these reasons and many more, CHOP is recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by OptumHealth. Only those cancer programs that have met OptumHealth's strict evaluation criteria are considered for inclusion in the Cancer Centers of Excellence network. Criteria include:

Here are some other advantages of choosing us for your child's treatment:


Expert staff

We also offer access to world renowned experts in many specialties to treat the side effects that children often have from cancer treatment.


Research and innovation

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