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The tremendous progress made in pediatric cancer cure rates over the past 50 years came about because treatments for all childhood cancers have been continually improved through research protocols organized internationally by the Children's Oncology Group (COG), an association of institutes dedicated to research in pediatric oncology.

Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program

A brain and spinal cord tumor, also known as a central nervous system (CNS) tumor, is an abnormal growth that occurs in any part of the brain or spinal cord. CNS tumors are the second most common pediatric cancer, after leukemia, and the most common solid tumor of childhood. The cause of most CNS tumors is unknown. Brain tumors are not contagious, and nothing you have done or not done is responsible for your child's tumor.

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

Teens and young adults diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer have different needs and treatment challenges than younger children or older adults. Children's adolescent medicine program meets teens' and young adults' many health needs, including the critical social and emotional needs that are part of normal growth and change in adolescence. We understand this is an important time and will focus on helping them meet their potential during and after treatment.


Diagnosed with cancer as infant, 2-year-old Aili surviving, thriving

Aili Kleven was diagnosed with stage 3 intermediate-risk neuroblastoma.


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What to expect

If your child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, we understand it's not easy news to hear, but know that Children's Minnesota will be with you and your child along every step of the way. We believe that by providing the best journey for the patient and family, it will lead to the best outcomes. You'll receive first-rate, compassionate care from the moment we meet.

Conditions and Services

The cancer and blood disorders team at Children's Minnesota has the training, knowledge and technology to treat a wide range of conditions. Nearly 900 children are admitted annually as inpatients to the Jim and Colleen Ryan Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's – Minneapolis, making us the largest program in the Upper Midwest. And while we're known as a leader and innovator in the field of pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment, we never forget that each patient is someone's child. Compassion always factors into our approach. We are on the journey with you, because we believe that better journeys lead to better outcomes.

Cancer and Blood Disorders

It can be frightening to hear that a child has cancer or a blood disorder. At Children's Minnesota, we're experts in treating the disease and supporting the patient and family. In addition to offering advanced, individualized care for newly diagnosed children, teens and young adults with cancers and blood disorders, we also provide innovative treatment for rare, relapsed and recurrent cancers.


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Get to know Jonathan Matters and find out what inspired his photography project in this week’s Five Question Friday.