Stanford’s Bass Center Shines a Light on Pediatric Cancer in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Children with cancer often require different medical treatment than adults with cancer because the causes of the disease are often different for children and adults. This is why September has been declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — to shine a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children and to help raise funds for research and family support. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2016, 10,380 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States among children from birth to 14 years and more than 1,200 children will die from the disease.

Bass Center patients Childhood Cancer Awareness Day sign

The Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases is a leading pediatric cancer center dedicated to helping children of all ages who have cancer and blood diseases to manage or overcome their conditions. Since childhood cancers are so rare, most young patients are referred here because of our expertise and experience. We have a pediatric cancer treatment and research program that’s globally renowned for its treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia and brain tumors.

Bass Center Specialty Services sign

The Bass Center is part of the Stanford Cancer Institute, which has earned the National Cancer Institute’s highest cancer center designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.  They see over 200 patients a year and have access to the expertise of more than 200 faculty and staff dedicated to helping kids with cancer and blood disease. To date, they have performed more than 800 pediatric bone marrow transplants. Learn more about the innovation and research at the Bass Center.

Thank you to our great team of nurses who have organized activities all month to raise awareness of the importance of funding research on cures for childhood cancer.

Bass Center Nurses Bass Center Nurses

Already there has been encouraging news this month. The government is funding a Cancer Moonshot program with the goal of making a decade’s worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in just 5 years. Last week, they presented 10 transformative research recommendations to the National Cancer Advisory Board, including a call to intensify research on the major drivers of childhood cancers.

Discover more about the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases.


3 Responses to “Stanford’s Bass Center Shines a Light on Pediatric Cancer in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. Alyssa Arballo

    I Love this to all children keep fighting you can do it, if I can I know you can. I am a survivor of Neuroblastoma and Bone Cancer. I was a patient at Stanford for many years and till this day I have check ups every year. I’m so thankful for this hospital and Bass center also the nurses and doctors, all the staff are awesome! I was 2years old when I was diagnosed and sent to Stanford, I will be 21 in November. REMEMBER CHILDREN NEVER GIVE UP EVEN ON YOUR HARDEST DAYS THE LORD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU ALL.

  2. Joan

    We lived at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital with our son Nic for two years. The staff in oncology did become our family…Nic underwent a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant to still succumb to dying of AML. Cancer is an evil disease and we must find a cure. NO child or adult should ever have to go through this horrific struggle. PRAYERS for every child and family living through this torment.

  3. John

    My daughter was diagnosed with ALL when she was 3. Yesterday was her 9 yr check up. We are greatful to Lucille Packard for having the best Doctors, PA’s, Nurses, Lab techs, and overall staff. Dr. Lacayo is a name we will never forget.


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