Our pediatric surgeons collaborate with pediatric hematologists and oncologists to deliver compassionate care based on the latest medical advances. We have extensive experience with common forms of pediatric cancers such as Wilms’ tumor, neuroblastoma, and germ cell tumors as well as rare tumors.
Columbia is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, a site of the national Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the nation’s leading organization dedicated to cancer clinical trials in children. Our patients have access to COG clinical trials, which offer novel treatments not otherwise available.
We are committed to expanding treatment options for children with cancer in every way possible. Our pediatric surgeons use minimal access surgery (laparoscopy for abdominal surgery and thoracoscopy for chest surgery) to diagnose and treat certain types of pediatric cancer. These special techniques can, in many cases, improve our diagnostic capabilities and add to the comfort of young patients with cancer.
In addition, we advance pediatric cancer care through our research. At Columbia’s Pediatric Surgical Laboratory, we study childhood tumors that are difficult to treat. Our Pediatric Tumor Biology Laboratory focuses on the role of new blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) in the growth and metastasis of pediatric solid tumors.