Childhood Cancer Treatment

There are many ways to treat cancer. The type of cancer will determine which treatment will be recommended. A treatment plan may combine several different treatment methods. Your doctor and nurse will discuss the treatment plan with you for your child’s specific condition. We are committed to working with you to provide the best care possible.

Additionally, you may be asked to give consent for your child to take part in a research treatment protocol. This type of treatment plan provides the most up-to-date care for a disease. A protocol may be a study of a new treatment plan and usually outlines the tests and treatments the patient will receive. These protocols are also referred to as clinical trials.

We recognize complementary and alternative therapies (e.g. aromatherapy, herbal or vitamin supplements, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis or modified diets) as health care options which you may choose to integrate with treatment your child receives at Lurie Children’s. It is possible that at times, complementary and alternative therapies might be of benefit. However, some therapies may not be advised during treatment. For this reason, it is important for you to let your health care team know of any other treatments your child may be receiving, so that we can safely provide care tailored to your needs.



How the IBM Watson Super Computer is Helping Us  Personalize Cancer Treatment

Lurie Children's will use IBM's Watson computer  program to link a patient’s genetic profile to potential treatment options. A process that used to take weeks now takes minutes, thanks to Watson.

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