Why Choose Children's?

When a child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disease, it impacts the entire family. At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we not only treat the child, we care for the whole family. It’s this unique treatment philosophy – combined with world-class facilities, clinical expertise, leading technologies and remarkable outcomes – that makes Children’s the best place for pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment.

Children’s is the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorders program in the Upper Midwest. We’re recognized for our aggressive enrollment in clinical trials and as a national leader in pain management.

Children’s treats the most kids.
When cancer or a blood disorder affects a child, teen or adolescent in Minnesota, they most often are cared for at Children’s. We care for more than 55 percent of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in Minnesota.

Our outcomes are among the best in the nation.
Children’s ranks in the top 10 programs in the U.S. in both medical and surgical cancer outcomes according to the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS) database. Our program delivers some of the highest survival rates among leading U.S. children’s hospitals treating patients with cancer and blood disorders.

Our program is the largest in the Upper Midwest.
Nearly 900 children are admitted as inpatients to Jim and Colleen Ryan Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center annually. In addition:

  • The C.H. Robinson Infusion Center, which treats patients with cancer, blood disorders and other conditions, is the largest of its kind in the state, with 12 private rooms and more than 5,000 outpatient visits each year.
  • More than 1,200 cancer surgeries and procedures are performed each year, making Children’s the largest provider of cancer surgeries in the Upper Midwest.
  • Our blood disorders experts provide more than 500 consultations per year.

We treat:

  • More than 350 – nearly 55 percent – of children with cancer in Minnesota.
  • More than 1,000 – more than 60 percent - Minnesota children and teens with blood disorders each year.
  • More than 83 percent of children and teens with sickle cell disease or hemoglobinopathies.
  • More than 80 percent of children and teens in Minnesota with a hemophilia diagnosis.

We believe no child should suffer needless pain.
Children’s is known for aggressive management of pain and side effects. Our nationally recognized Pain and Palliative Care Program is one of the largest and longest running in the nation and is led by our world-renowned pediatric pain management specialist.

We have access to the most advanced treatments.
When facing a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis, our patients and families deserve the best treatment options possible. Children’s boasts state-of-the-art technologies that help yield remarkable outcomes.

  • Children’s is one of a few pediatric cancer programs nationwide to offer intraoperative MRI, allowing physicians to pinpoint brain tumors with precision.
  • Children’s neurosurgeons are able to map tumors prior to excision with a 3 Tesla MRI.
  • Nearly 90 percent of our eligible patients participate in clinical trials, placing Children’s in the top 5 percent of Children’s Oncology Group institutions for number of patients enrolled in clinical trials.
  • Our Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders is the only federally funded program in the region, which ensures comprehensive care for patients.
  • We have the only Teen Hematology and Gynecology Program in Minnesota, offering care to young women with bleeding disorders by both pediatric hematologists and the state’s only pediatric gynecologist.
  • Early studies of new drugs are available to patients with recurrent leukemias and lymphomas through the Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia & Lymphoma (TACL) consortium.
  • Evidence-based complementary medicine therapies are coupled with high-tech cancer and blood disorders treatment when desired, giving patients the best of both treatment options.
  • Our physicians communicate and consult with colleagues from around the country, ensuring every child receives the care they need, even if not at Children’s.

Our expert clinicians are the most highly trained in the Upper Midwest.
When families are worried about a possible cancer or blood disorder diagnosis, they want their child to be seen by a hematologist or oncologist as soon as possible. Our staff is here for you.

  • Children’s has 10 board-certified oncologists who lead a multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 staff members.
  • Our pediatric nurses average more than a decade of experience with Children’s cancer program and are all certified by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.
  • Consultations for primary care physicians with board-certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists are available 24 hours a day.
  • When a patient is diagnosed, physicians are here to answer questions and initiate care, any day or time.
  • Same-day appointments are always available for urgent needs.
  • Children’s also partners with referring physicians to help care for patients closer to home when possible, through our Care Closer to Home program.

Our facilities are second to none.
Both our new inpatient unit and outpatient clinic, located in Minneapolis, reinforce our commitment to providing truly family-centered care. Hospital features include:

  • New, large private patient rooms that are spacious enough to accommodate the patient, family and care team.
  • Comfortable family and sibling play areas.
  • Clinic and Infusion Center features include all private rooms, including 12 private patient infusion rooms that provide a calm and enhanced experience for you and your child.

And while we’re known as a leader and innovator in the field of pediatric cancer and blood disorders, we never forget that our patient is someone’s child. We are on the journey with you, because we believe that better journeys lead to better outcomes.