Children's Hospital Colorado
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The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the best pediatric oncology, hematology, blood and marrow transplant/cellular therapy programs in the country. Our center is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Our renowned team of multidisciplinary experts provides thousands of children who are fighting cancer and blood disorders with world-class care and cutting-edge treatments – all while pioneering new therapies and cures through groundbreaking research.

Expert clinical care is just the beginning. 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 and teens.

Why choose us for cancer and blood disorder care

As a parent, you want the best care possible for your child. When your child has been diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, you want to find a team that has world-class pediatric experience, competitive outcomes and access to the most current and effective treatment options.

Our Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is the only pediatric center providing care for patients with cancer and blood disorders from birth to age 25 in our region. Beyond our region, we’re an international resource for particularly rare or complex hematology and oncology diseases. As part of a world-renowned research center, we have access to the best treatment options available anywhere, and our experts are leading the way to the next generation of treatments.

  • As one of the largest pediatric cancer programs in the country, we offer access to the most clinical trials in the region. Our doctors and principal investigators are involved in more than 400 clinical trials.
  • We’re the largest site in the region for Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the largest organization for the research and treatment of childhood cancer in the world in which we are also part of the COG Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Trials Network (PEP-CTN).
  • We are also members of the New Approaches in Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium, which provides access to innovative, early-phase clinical trials and best-in-class therapies for neuroblastoma, the CONNECT Consortium for Childhood Brain Tumors, the Childhood Ependymoma Research Network (CERN), the North American Pediatric Aplastic Anemia Consortium (NAPAAC) and the Consortium of iNvestigators of Vascular AnomalieS (CaNVAS).
  • Our team includes the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center and the pediatric component of the Sickle Cell Center serving the Rocky Mountain region. Our Hemophilia Thrombosis Center provides comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, education and consultative services for patients with hemophilia and thrombosis disorders and their families in the Rocky Mountain region. We also provide education for physicians and other professionals involved in caring for persons with bleeding and clotting disorders and conduct specialized research in coagulation disorders leading to new treatments. The pediatric component of the Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center at the University of Colorado supports all aspects of treatment and care for patients and families who undergo treatment at Children’s Colorado including novel gene therapies and stem cell transplant, which are are showing great promise in curative potential.
  • Patients travel from across the country and around the world for our world-class treatment. Our Experimental Therapeutics Program (ETP) team has treated patients from more than 45 states and 23 countries. It’s the only experimental therapeutics program investigating promising new drugs for cancer in our region.
  • 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 in the country.
  • Our Wellness Program was designed to meet the unique needs of our Cancer and Blood Disorder Center patients and their families. The Wellness Program helps families navigate the challenging and stressful experience of having a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer or a blood disorder and includes psychologists, social workers, child life workers, art therapists, family navigators and other support team members.
  • We offer the region’s only pediatric Onco-Fertility program that helps patients maximize their chances for future fertility from the day that they are diagnosed with cancer.
  • We offer the region’s only pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment.

Who we treat at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Our team of specialists work collaboratively to treat a wide range of cancers and non-malignant blood disorders including solid tumors, leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, brain tumors, hemophilia and sickle cell anemia, immunodeficiencies and other metabolic conditions. Our pediatric experts treat infants through adolescents, and also specialize in treating young adults from ages 16 through 25.

This age range is key, as studies have shown that children with cancer who are treated in a pediatric or adolescent setting have better outcomes than those treated in an adult settings.

Every aspect of our care is tailored to kids, teens and young adults to support their unique physical and emotional needs. Many of our treatments and technologies are designed exclusively for pediatric use. And, we have resources available for our patients and their families – including child life specialists, an art therapy program, medical dogs and a wellness program team that supports the needs of both our patients and their families.

Cancer and blood disorder care closer to home

Our patients come from throughout the region, country and world for treatment at our state-of-the-art facilities. When possible, we offer care as close to home as possible to make things a little easier for your family.

Contact the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

For appointments at Anschutz Medical Campus or South Campus, call 720-777-6740. For appointments at Colorado Springs, call 719-305-9025.

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We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Sandra Luna-Fineman, MD

Sandra Luna-Fineman, MD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric

Marilyn Manco-Johnson, MD

Marilyn Manco-Johnson, MD

Hematology/Oncology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

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Melissa Widener, PA-C

Melissa Widener, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Carrye Cost, MD

Carrye Cost, 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 15, 2021

    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.

  • Children's Hospital Colorado
    Pediatric cancer patient changes his career path to study medicine
    December 28, 2020

    Wacim was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Now in remission and heading off to college, he’s decided to become a doctor. Hear Dr. Nicholas Cost’s thoughts on how Wacim’s ambition and positivity helped him through his cancer recovery.

  • FOX31
    New in-house sequencing platform transforms oncology care
    November 06, 2020

    Dr. Amy Treece describes how the new testing capabilities at Children’s Colorado allow pediatric oncologists to quickly find mutations in patients’ cancer cells. Learn how this helps doctors figure out what kind of cancer they may have, pick a drug the cancer will respond to, and expedite the treatment.