Children's Hospital Colorado

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

A close-up view of an IV inserted into a baby's arm that's wearing lime green bandages Best Children's Hospital by US News Cancer 2020-1 Badge

About the Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders has one of the best pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant programs in the country. Our center is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation by both U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.

Care for kids, adolescents and young adults with cancer

At the Center, 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 experts provide world-class care in a state-of-the-art facility, conduct leading 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. 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.
  • Pediatric experts in our Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program have performed more than 1,000 bone marrow transplants in our 25-year history – making our Program one of the most experienced pediatric BMT programs in the country.
  • Our patients often extend beyond this region and come from Canada and Mexico to see our experts.
  • The Center includes the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and the pediatric components of the Sickle Cell Center serving the Rocky Mountain region.

We also have the region’s:

  • Only pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment
  • Only program for teenagers with cancer
  • Only pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program investigating promising new drugs for cancer treatment
  • Only pediatric Onco-Fertility program that helps patients maximize their chances for future fertility from the day that they are diagnosed with cancer

The Center 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 consortium. This group provides 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.

Learn about our oncology and hematology research

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.

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.

Why do kids and teens need Children's 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 to 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.

Children, adolescents and young adults from seven states come to the Center 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 the following cities:

  • Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO
  • South Campus - Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Littleton, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Casper, WY
  • Missoula, MT
  • Billings, MT


Get to know our pediatric experts.

Karol Kerr, MD

Karol Kerr, MD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric

Masanori Hayashi, MD

Masanori Hayashi, MD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric , Pediatrics

Patient ratings and reviews are not available Why?

Craig Forester, MD, PhD

Craig Forester, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric , Pediatrics

Patient ratings and reviews are not available Why?

Adam Green, MD

Adam Green, MD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric , Pediatrics

Children's Colorado in the news

U.S. News & World Report

Pediatric cancer care ranked no. 9 in the nation

June 18, 2020

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders’ commitment to research and success with leukemia-related cancers contributed to our top ranking by U.S. News & World Report. We also have high survival rates following bone marrow transplants, cellular transplant accreditation and infection prevention.


CCBD Patient Meets Denver Nuggets

February 22, 2019

Carter Edgerley, 17, is currently battling osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. His diagnosis ended his high school basketball career at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. CBS4 partnered with the Denver Nuggets to surprise Edgerley by giving him VIP passes to a Nuggets game where he met the team.

The Gazette

Joshua's Journey: Gazette Chronicles a Year in a Young Boy's Battle With Cancer

January 10, 2019

The Gazette followed Joshua and his family for a year as they went through the ups and downs of cancer treatment. In that time, he became an honorary police officer and rang the Warrior Bell for completing treatment.