My child was just diagnosed with cancer. Should I get a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis or course of treatment?
No matter what kind of cancer your child has, a second opinion can provide you with information to reassure you or help you find the right care for your child.
Our pediatric oncologists have extensive experience in treating all kinds of pediatric cancers, with a high rate of success. We are happy to consult with you or your physician to confirm a diagnosis or provide advice on the most effective course of treatment.
When should I ask for a second opinion?
Common times for a second opinion include when you just receive your child’s diagnosis, if you have questions or reservations on recommended treatment, or if your child has suffered a relapse. Contact us, and our knowledgeable specialists can reassure you or suggest alternatives for your child’s treatment.
What kinds of treatments and services do you offer for kids with cancer or precancerous conditions?
As an internationally renowned academic health center, we offer the full gamut of treatments and services. We house the only National Cancer Institute-funded Children’s Oncology Group phase 1 program in Minnesota, which means we offer more clinical trials than any other children’s hospital in the state.
New treatments are discovered here and applied here first, including therapies that are better at targeting the cancer. Treatments discovered here have become standards of care elsewhere.
All of the services and care are provided in a supportive, comfortable, and clinically advanced environment for young patients and their loved ones. We focus on family-centered care and offer a full complement of support personnel and services aimed at supporting patients and families during the entire process.
We don’t live in the Twin Cities area. Where can I stay while my child gets treatment?
Our hospital is centrally located in Minneapolis, with easy access to many hotels, motels, and other accommodations such as the Ronald McDonald House. Many accommodations are served by shuttles to and from the hospital and clinic. A social worker, dedicated to your child’s cancer program, will work with you to find you housing while your child undergoes treatment. Please call us and we’ll be happy to help.
Is your pediatric cancer program a subset of the adult program or do you have services just for kids?
Our award-winning University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital was designed and built just for kids in 2011. Patient- and family-centered care is offered in more than 50 specialties, so your child will receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from all specialties under one roof. Patient rooms are private and spacious—65 percent larger than the industry standard. Parents can work at a desk and also share a meal with and sleep next to their child. In our hospital, kids can be kids.
Child-family life services specialists, social workers, and other pediatric support staff help with the emotional, social, and financial impact of treatment on your family.
What is the age range for kids in your program?
We treat a wide range of ages, from infants through adolescents and even young adults. Sometimes it depends on the type of cancer. If you have a question about whether we treat someone of your child’s age, just give us a call.