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Conditions We Treat: Pediatric Cancers

The most prevalent pediatric cancers are brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma and sarcoma. Depending on the patient’s health status and cancer type, radiation therapy may be used in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy to treat pediatric cancer. To help patients and their families cope with pediatric cancer, Johns Hopkins offers access to innovative clinical trials, treatment advances, a unique clinical collaboration program and specialized support services.

Pediatric Cancer: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • Access to clinical trials: Through our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group trials, multi-center clinical studies and our own Johns Hopkins institutional protocols, our patients have access to cutting-edge research and the highest quality radiation treatments.
  • Access to preliminary data and treatment advances: Through our participation and leadership in national cooperative groups, our radiation oncologists have access to early-phase data and national advances in radiation treatment before they’re widely available. We also take part in chairing pediatric study committees and writing the guidelines for multiple treatment protocols. Thus, our pediatric patients have the opportunity to benefit from this expertise before patients at other hospitals.
  • Access to collaboration and research from multiple institutions: We offer a clinical collaboration program in association with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC). By bridging the gap between radiation oncologists at Johns Hopkins and CNMC, our pediatric cancer patients can get collaborative opinions and participate in clinical trials from both institutions. The program’s ease of accessibility allows patients and their families to focus on treatment and healing rather than on logistics and coordination between institutions.
  • Access to specialized support services: Our multidisciplinary pediatric cancer care is located in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and provides specialized support services from dedicated child-life specialists, pediatric nurses and long-term survivorship experts. These specialists are committed to maximizing the comfort of our pediatric cancer patients while promoting healing.
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Our Team of Pediatric Cancer Specialists

Our radiation oncologists develop advanced treatment plans that treat pediatric cancers safely and effectively.

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Ladra, Matthew Michael, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital
Primary Location: Sibley Memorial Hospital

Our Pediatric Cancer Treatments

Pediatric cancer treatments are highly individualized to fit the patient’s specific cancer type, tumor location, age and health status. Our radiation oncologists use the following types of radiation therapy to treat pediatric cancer:

Our Research

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  • Johns Hopkins offers unique research initiatives focused on difficult-to-treat pediatric tumors. For example, our researchers are investigating a radioisotope therapy in conjunction with external beam therapy for the treatment of osteosarcomas, which are very difficult to treat.
  • As the coordinating medical center, Johns Hopkins researchers are leading the investigation of using highly focused radiation combined with stereotactic radiation to treat pediatric cancer patients with metastatic disease.
  • Utilizing lower dose imaging protocols, our researchers are leading the investigation of an international protocol designed to reduce radiation exposure in children using imaging. While radiation oncologists at Johns Hopkins have been using this safe, reliable imaging protocol for years, they are now studying its application at hospitals around the world. 

Our Locations

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Johns Hopkins has several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region that provide radiation treatment for pediatric cancer.

  • The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s National Health System, Washington, D.C.

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