A young cancer patient in the arms of their mother at the hospital
A young cancer patient in the arms of their mother at the hospital
A young cancer patient in the arms of their mother at the hospital

Pediatric Surgical Oncology Treatments and Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Providing surgical cancer treatments for children

US News Best Childrens Hospitals

Johns Hopkins’ specialized pediatric surgeons can surgically address various pediatric cancers. Our doctors take pride in their ability to treat children and their families with the gentleness and compassion they deserve.

Consultations are available in Baltimore, Annapolis, and Frederick, as well as Washington D.C. and York, Pennsylvania.

Conditions We Treat

  • Adrenal tumors
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Hepatoblastoma (liver tumor)
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Wilm's tumor

Signs of Cancer in Children

Identifying cancer in children can be difficult at times because early symptoms can be similar to those of other illnesses or conditions. However, it is critical to talk to a doctor if your child displays symptoms that do not go away, such as:

  • Unusual lumps or swellings
  • Unexplained loss of energy or paleness
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Limping
  • Ongoing pain in a specific area of the body
  • Frequent headaches that may be accompanied by vomiting
  • Unexplained illnesses or fevers that don’t go away
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Sudden changes in vision or eyes

Will Your Child Need Surgery?

In many cases, surgery is required if your child has cancer. In some cases, depending on your child’s type of cancer, location of the tumor, and the spread, it may be the only treatment your child needs. However, in some cases, we may recommend surgery alongside chemotherapy or radiation to remove any lingering cancer cells.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for your Cancer Treatment?

At Johns Hopkins, we dedicate ourselves improving the lives of children with cancer, not only in the state of Maryland, but also across the nation and around the world. Our pediatric oncology center offers some of the most sophisticated cancer care available, as our discoveries are making advances in pediatric cancer care. With targeted and individualized diagnostics and therapeutics, Johns Hopkins sets itself apart from other cancer centers.

In addition, Johns Hopkins is proud to have the National Cancer Institute designation of being a comprehensive cancer center. This designation is the gold standard of cancer hospitals, and it has only been awarded to a select few hospitals in the United States. Johns Hopkins is the only hospital in Maryland to have been awarded this designation, and it is the only cancer program in the region with a dedicated pediatric radiation oncology clinic and specially trained pediatric oncology nurses.

Best of all, there is no wait or delay for your child to be seen. On the same day that your child is referred to a pediatrician, they will be seen, and our pediatric oncologists ensure coordination of care by working with the referring physician.

Meet Our Experts

At Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, you will feel the support and care of our team throughout every stage of your child’s treatment. 

Our Care Locations 

David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Physicians Pavilion East
6565 N. Charles Street, Suite 313
Baltimore, MD 21204

York WellSpan
300 Pine Grove Commons, Suite 300 
York, PA 17403