The types of leukemia we treat include the following:
acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of cancer in children
acute myeloid leukemia, which causes the body to make abnormal blood cells
chronic myelogenous leukemia, a slower-growing form of leukemia
chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, which results from the creation of too many white blood cells
juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare form of the disease in which cancer cells spread widely
Our doctors are focused on developing new therapies for the most common tumor found in children, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We conduct clinical trials for patients with leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors
Our doctors are at the forefront of research and treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, the second most common form of childhood cancer.
Our medical investigators are leading research in personalized, tumor-specific treatments. Radiation therapy, when needed, is available at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.
Our team is led by doctors who have performed extensive research about several types of blood disorders, including hemophilia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), and who have developed screening tools that can detect blood disorders in newborns. We also help manage the long-term symptoms that come with blood disorders.
Conditions we treat include the following:
aplastic anemia, which inhibits the body’s ability to make enough new blood cells
blood clots and clotting disorders
Cooley’s anemia, the most common severe form of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder
histiocytic disorders, a group of conditions that cause an overproduction of white blood cells that leads to organ damage and tumor formation
ITP, which can cause easy bruising and bleeding
sickle cell disease, an inherited disorder that can lead to pain and affects the way blood moves through the body
Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
Our experts lead research into bone and soft tissue tumors and have special expertise in novel techniques, including those designed to preserve joint and limb function. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, if necessary, are used in the treatment of these tumors.
Ewing sarcoma, a cancer of the legs, arms, feet, hands, chest, pelvis, spine, or skull; and the soft tissue of the trunk, arms, legs, head and neck, and abdominal cavity
osteosarcoma, which occurs in the cells that create new bone tissue
rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer found in muscle, tendons, cartilage, and bone
synovial sarcoma, a cancer that forms in the tissues around the joints in the arms or legs, but may also form in the trunk, head, or neck
In people with neurofibromatosis (NF), tumors grow in different parts of the nervous system. We treat children and adults with all forms of the disease, including NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis, through our Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center. We bring together neurologists, neuro-oncologists, otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, and pediatric oncologists who create care plans and conduct clinical trials as part of the NF Clinical Trials Consortium.
Other Types of Childhood Tumors
The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders also specializes in treating other types of cancer specific to children, rare cancers, and conditions normally seen in adults that occasionally occur in children as well.
We treat children with the following conditions:
hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer that typically affects young children
melanoma, the most common form of skin cancer in children
neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the immature nerve cells of infants and children
retinoblastoma, a cancer of the light-sensitive layers of nerve tissue at the back of the eye
testicular and ovarian germ cell tumors
Wilms tumor, which can occur in one or both kidneys and is the most common form of kidney cancer in children