Ranked among the nation’s top four pediatric institutions by U.S. News & World Report , TCH is the only children’s hospital in the South or Southwest on that list.
Texas Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research. And, true to the charge given by the founders over fifty years ago, care is provided to any sick or injured child, regardless of race, creed or ability to pay.
Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Service
- An internationally recognized center of excellence for pediatric hematology/oncology care.
- The largest pediatric cancer and hematology program in the U.S.
- The only pediatric hematology and oncology treatment facility in Houston with the full range of pediatric sub-specialty care available in-house, on call, 24-hours a day.
- 100% of the Center’s clinical faculty are board certified in pediatric hematology/oncology.
- Located within Texas Children’s Hospital, a facility totally dedicated, equipped and staffed to care for children and adolescents.
- Provides comprehensive services for children and adolescents with all forms of pediatric blood disorders and cancer.
- Patients have access to the newest and most advanced therapies for blood disorders or cancer.
- Patients come from throughout Texas and 34 other states and 26 countries.
- More than 50% are on medical assistance.
- 80% of cancer patients are enrolled in clinical trials.
- Nearly 25,000 patients will be seen in the Center’s outpatient clinic this year.
Pediatric Cancer Facts
- Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children
- More children die each year from pediatric cancer than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital abnormalities and AIDS combined.
- Nine children die of cancer every school day.
- The cause of childhood cancer remains unknown. No one knows why the incidence of childhood cancer in the United States has increased at approximately one percent per year
- The incidences of the most common type of childhood cancer—acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are up 10 percent; the incidences of childhood brain tumors are up more than 30 percent
- By the age of 20, 1 in every 330 children or adolescents is diagnosed with cancer
- More than 75 percent of drugs used to treat adults with cancer originated from studies in children with cancer
- In the last 50 years, more children have died from cancer than U.S. soldiers in all military actions combined
- In 1960, the overall survival rate for children with cancer was only 10 percent. Today, more than 70 percent survive.