Welcome to Penn State Hershey Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Research

The likelihood of diagnosis with cancer during childhood is estimated to be approximately 1 in 300. While great progress in treating childhood cancer has been made over the last 30-40 years, there are still major challenges in curing a number of childhood cancers, including brain tumors, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), advanced stage neuroblastoma, and solid tumors which present with metastatic disease. In addition, some of the successful therapies result in serious side effects, leaving normal organs with significant long term damage. A major focus of research is to better understand the biology of childhood tumors in order to design new therapies which will increase cure rates while minimizing damage to normal tissues.  More...