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Pediatric Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy (chemo) is the use of medicines to treat cancer or kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy has been used for many years. It’s one of the most common treatments for cancer.  The groups of cancer therapy medicines work in different ways to fight cancer cells. For example, some interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow or reproduce. It’s common for cancer to be treated with more than one medicine at a time. Chemo may be used alone or used with other treatments, such as radiation or surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cancer Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The pediatric cancer experts at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide highly-specialized care for children in our innovative, comprehensive cancer programs. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers of Chemotherapy

Departments that Offer Chemotherapy

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Histiocyte Disorders Program

Experts in the Histiocyte Disorders Program care for patients with a variety of rare conditions that happen when there are too many white blood cells in your child's blood.

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Solid Tumor Program

Our Solid Tumor Program has a dedicated team of sarcoma experts who specialize in the newest treatments and clinical trials.

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Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.