Divisions & Programs
Pediatric Oncology is dedicated to providing comprehensive multidisciplinary care to cancer patients up to 18 years of age.
- A multi- and inter-specialty team that works closely together.
- A long-standing commitment to clinical research; the Program is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
- Active involvement of trainees in the postgraduate and fellowship programs in general surgery, neurosurgery and radiation oncology.
- Support of parent and community organizations.
Unique Aspects of the Program
- A neuro-oncology program. Three skilled pediatric neurosurgeons (of which there are only four in Québec) oversee this program. The Montréal Children’s Hospital sees 65% of pediatric brain tumours in the province, and has held twice-monthly, multidisciplinary brain tumour clinics for the past two decades. The program features a very strong clinical research component through the COG, as well as exciting laboratory research.
- The Québec retinoblastoma program. This program is based at the Montréal Children’s Hospital and includes participation from staff at Hôpital Sainte-Justine.
- A long-term follow-up program. This program, which bridges the pediatric and adult sites, is unique in Québec and very important for patients, about 80% of whom can now expect to be long-term survivors. The recently established Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program is also critical to ensure that patients in this older age group have an equal probability of a favorable outcome.
Pediatric Oncology is located at the MUHC-Montréal Children’s Hospital. All services required to manage children with malignancies are available either on site (the majority), through close collaborations with the adult sites (radiotherapy, some laboratory tests, the long term follow-up clinic, and the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program), or through joint appointments at other facilities (e.g. liver transplant at Hôpital Sainte-Justine).
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