Children's Hospital Colorado
Center for cancer and blood disorders
Center for cancer and blood disorders

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About the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Children's Hospital Colorado has one of the best pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant programs in the country. Our pediatric cancer center in Denver is consistently ranked among the best in the nation by both U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.

Best pediatric oncology care for kids, adolescents and young adults

At the CCBD, we treat children, adolescents and young adults from birth through mid-20s with cancer and non-malignant blood disorders, such as hemophilia and sickle cell anemia. Our pediatric oncology experts provide world-class care in a state-of-the-art facility, conduct leading-edge research, practice family-centered care and enjoy strong community support.

Our multidisciplinary team includes medical and surgical experts, specially trained nurses and psychosocial support staff, as well as experienced consultants in pathology, diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy and all pediatric sub-specialties. And above all, we are committed to providing personalized, kid-friendly care in a nurturing environment.

What makes us different?

  • We are the only pediatric cancer center in the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to providing care for patients from birth to age 25.
  • The CCBD includes the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and the pediatric components of the Sickle Cell Center serving the Rocky Mountain region.
  • We have the region’s only Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment, the only program for teenagers with cancer, the only Pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program investigating promising new drugs for cancer treatment, and the only Pediatric Onco-Fertility program that helps patients maximize their chances for future fertility from the day that they are diagnosed with cancer.
  • The CCBD is one of the largest members of the Children’s Oncology Group, a multi-center alliance that conducts studies designed to improve our understanding of childhood cancer, its treatment and its cure. Our physicians have leadership roles in this organization and are internationally-recognized experts in childhood cancer treatment.
  • We are a member of the New Approaches in Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium, COllaborative Network for NEuro-oncology Clinical Trials (CONNECT) and Children's Oncology Group (COG) Phase 1 Consortium. These groups provide access to innovative early-phase clinical trials testing new therapies when other treatments are not available. This means that children and families can get access to the best therapies right here, rather than having to travel out of the Rocky Mountain region.
  • We saw more than 20,000 outpatient visits last year and had more 8,000 inpatient days (total number of days patients stayed in the hospital for CCBD care).
  • Our team has performed more than 1,000 bone marrow transplants.

You are in very good hands

Our team of pediatric oncologists, hematologists and bone marrow transplant specialists is nationally recognized for the diagnosis, treatment and research in childhood leukemias, solid tumors, brain tumors, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies such as sickle cell anemia, bone marrow failure states, immune deficiencies and certain genetic disorders. See a list of conditions we treat.

Care that goes beyond medicine

Every aspect of our service is tailored to kids, teens and young adults and their unique physical and emotional needs. In fact, many of our treatments and technologies are designed exclusively for pediatric use.

At Children's Colorado, healing goes well beyond medicine. We do whatever it takes to make kids physically and emotionally comfortable, so they can heal faster and get home sooner. From our red wagons and teen lounges, to our specially sized furniture and medical equipment, everything we do is specifically tailored to kids.

Why do kids and teens need Children's Hospital Colorado for cancer care?

Studies have proven that children with cancer who are treated in a pediatric or adolescent setting have better outcomes than those treated in an adult setting. For example, adolescents 16-21 years old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children, have survival rates that are 20-30% higher if treated in a pediatric center, versus by adult oncologists.

Read about our Wellness Program to help children and families during and after treatment.

Cancer and blood disorder care closer to home

Because we understand that cancer or a blood disease is hard enough, we offer care as close to home as possible to make things a little easier for your family. See a list of our locations.

Children and young adults from five states come to the CCBD when they are diagnosed with cancer, need a bone marrow transplant, or have a non-malignant blood disorder.  In order to keep children at home as much as possible, we collaborate with your primary care provider in your home town. We also have a very active outreach program and hold clinics in multiple places throughout Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.