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Treatment & Care

We strive to make each family’s treatment experience the very best that it can be.


The very best for every child

Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest and most comprehensive pediatric oncology program in the tri-state area, and one of the largest centers in the nation for stem cell and bone marrow transplants. Funding from Hope & Heroes ensures that every child who comes through our doors has access to the newest and most advanced treatments available in the United States, including:

  • The latest chemotherapy and radiation oncology regimens
  • Bone marrow and stem cell transplant treatments
  • Immunotherapy
  • Personalized medicine tailored specifically for each patient

Columbia combines the most advanced clinical services with the most innovative research, which means we can offer patients access to early-stage clinical trials and cutting-edge medical techniques. Our results are among the best reported for both standard risk and high-risk patients.

Almost half of our patient families demonstrate financial need. Hope & Heroes ensures that every child we treat receives the highest caliber of care—regardless of families’ ability to pay.

Kids first, patients second

We provide our young patients with comprehensive treatment that gives them the best chance to overcome their disease while still allowing them to experience as much of their childhoods as possible. Thanks to our generous supporters, we’re able to offer these programs to families free of charge through the Center for Comprehensive Wellness.

Our offerings include:

  • Support for the whole family. A child’s diagnosis affects the whole family. The Valerie Fund Psycho-Social & Palliative Care Program provides counseling and offers support services that help families effectively manage their lives during a very stressful time.
  • Complementary medicine. We fund the Integrative Therapies Program, which offers acupuncture, aromatherapy, Reiki, meditation, yoga and other approaches to ease the side effects and stress of treatment.
  • Preparing patients for life after treatmentOur Survivor Wellness Program supports our patients in making post-treatment medical decisions, healthy lifestyle changes, and confronting side-effects and long-term quality of life issues.

An expert team

Our Division at Columbia is made up of physicians, scientists, behavioral psychologists, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, nurse practitioners, clinical and research nurses, social workers, child-life specialists, and support staff, all working together to create a compassionate, effective treatment experience for every child in our care.

Our medical experts work in five specialties, incorporating both research and care:

  • Leukemia/lymphoma
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Hematology
  • Stem cell transplantation
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