We have the region’s most comprehensive treatment for solid tumors, including clinical trials and the latest techniques in academic medicine.
Our patient-centered teams focus on making your child whole again, with child-friendly treatment and therapy, post-treatment services, and recovery.
Solid tumors we treat
There are many different types of solid tumors, and many of these can affect children differently than adults. Treatments are often unique based on the patient and the type of disease. The experience of the solid tumor team extends beyond identifying and diagnosing these conditions and into treating and survivorship. We’ll find the right treatment that fits your child’s needs.
Brain, spine, and neurological tumors
Other solid tumors
Treatments and services
From diagnosis through recovery, your child’s care team will work with you to find the best treatment plan that supports your child’s needs.
Screenings and biopsies
Your child’s care team collaborates closely with interventional radiology and pediatric surgery, including pediatric anesthesiologists, to complete any needed biopsies. These procedures help your care team understand the tumor, its staging, and the best treatment.
Medication and chemotherapy
Many tumors and cancers require treatment through chemotherapy and other medicines. At UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, children can receive chemotherapy as an inpatient or outpatient. Physicians use a minimally invasive central venous line, which means your child does not have to undergo a needle injection every time an IV placement is needed.
For children, radiation therapy is very precise and done in small doses and completed in collaboration with radiation oncologists. For young children, pediatric anesthesiologists are available to provide sedation. Treatment lasts less than an hour per day for older children, and half a day for younger kids.
Surgery is often part of a treatment plan for children with solid tumors. All surgeries are completed by pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists.
We know how eager your child is to get back to normal activities. Your child’s care team works closely with orthopedics, physical therapy, and occupational therapy throughout recovery to make sure your child can keep moving and stay active. Nutrition experts, social workers, and behavioral health professionals also work to provide the recovery tools your child needs.
We know that you and your child may continue to need support even at the end of cancer treatment. But our treatment doesn’t end there. That’s why the survivorship program is built to care for your child throughout life. We’ll continue to screen for cancer over a period of years and monitor for side effects of treatment. We also provide social support for your child and your family.