About Pediatric and Young Adult Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering

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If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, Memorial Sloan Kettering is here to help.

As the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, MSK is uniquely equipped to care for children, adolescents, and young adults with all types of cancer, from the most common to the most rare. Our pediatric cancer program is the largest of its kind in the United States, with more than 800 new patients each year, giving us unparalleled expertise in the field.

We understand the profound level of trust you are placing in our hands by choosing MSK, and we want to help your child return to health and well-being as soon as possible. We’ll develop a personalized care plan just for your child, which, in many cases, includes treatments not yet available anywhere else.

We have the experience, knowledge, and services you need on the road ahead. And we will guide and support you every step of the way so that you feel empowered and confident that you are making the best decisions for you and your family.

Why Choose MSK?

At MSK, we’ll match you to the right team that will work with you from the moment you get here.

Your child will be cared for by compassionate, world-renowned physicians, many of whom are pioneers in the field. In fact, many treatments for pediatric cancer have their origins right here at MSK.

We know that this is not an easy time for your family, so we’ll do everything in our power to keep your child’s routines as normal as possible. We deliver the majority of our treatments on an outpatient basis so that your family remains away from the hospital setting. And when your child does have to come in for care, you’ll become part of a vibrant and interactive community where children are our focus. We offer a number of age-appropriate educational resources, recreational activities, and special events to make sure all of your child’s developmental needs — academic, social, emotional, and beyond — are met.

Your entire family’s emotional well-being is a priority for us too. We have services especially for parents, siblings, relatives, and friends to ensure that you’ll all be strengthened and supported by our team throughout your experience.

Learning as much as you can about your child’s disease can help you feel better prepared to speak with doctors about your next steps, so we’ve set up our website to give you the information you need all in one place. If you have any questions, please reach out to us and we’ll provide whatever you need. And if you’re ready to make an appointment, we’ll meet with you as quickly as possible. We are here for you and want to help you in any way we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What children’s cancers are treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering?

We have unrivaled expertise in treating every type of childhood cancer, from the most common to the most rare. Here is a list of what we treat.

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2. How soon can I make an appointment with a pediatric oncologist?

We will make sure to see your child as soon as possible (usually within 24 hours). To make a first appointment, call us at 212-639-5954.

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3. Can I come to MSK for a second opinion?

Absolutely. Call us at 212-639-5954 to set up an appointment. We will strive to see your child within 24 hours of your phone call.

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4. Do you take my insurance?

Many insurance carriers authorize treatment at MSK. We have special financial and insurance counselors to assist you throughout the process. Contact your physician’s office or call 212-639-5954 for more information and assistance.

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5. Why should I choose Memorial Sloan Kettering for childhood cancer care?

We are uniquely equipped to give your child the best possible outcome. Our pediatric cancer program is the largest of its kind in the United States giving us unparalleled expertise in all childhood cancers. In fact, the treatments we have pioneered at Memorial Sloan Kettering are now the standard of care at other institutions. We have made many notable discoveries that have led to longer, happier lives for young people with cancer — and we’re constantly looking toward the future. Take a look at how we’ve changed childhood cancer.

We also realize that medical care is just part of your experience here. At MSK, we’ll do everything in our power to support you and your family on the road ahead, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, through our various support services.

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6. What types of treatments do you offer?

We offer the latest, most sought-after treatments for our youngest patients, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, immunotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and advanced treatments.

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7. Will my child have to miss school?

Memorial Sloan Kettering is part of a New York City Department of Education program called Hospital Schools, which means we have full-time teachers available if your child has to spend time in the hospital. Our teachers instruct all grades, from kindergarten to high school, and work in tandem with your child’s school.

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8. What resources do you have for my family?

Every single one of us at MSK is here to help strengthen and support your family throughout your child’s care. Our support team is a multifaceted mix of:

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9. What kind of follow-up care does a childhood cancer survivor need?

Many children diagnosed with cancer go on to lead full, healthy lives. We offer two programs once children are no longer on active treatment: a long-term follow-up program for patients who have been off cancer medications for about two years, and an adult survivorship program for older patients. We’re here for you as long as you need us.

 

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