When a child is diagnosed with cancer, moms and dads want answers, and the best care available. At Wolfson Children’s Hospital, you’ll get both. Our cancer experts are here to help you understand the condition, how it affects your child and how it can be treated.
Wolfson Children's Hospital provides hematology (blood disorders) and oncology (cancer) services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more
Your little one needs big expertise. Our collaboration across many types of pediatric medicine ensures that each child’s treatment plan is personalized to give the best chance for a cure. We provide compassionate, family-centered care using the latest evidence-based treatments and cutting-edge technology in our world-class facility.
Clinical Trials Lead To Better Outcomes
Now, more than ever, there are advanced treatments available to beat childhood cancer.
- As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, we participate in more than 80 pediatric cancer clinical trials. This has led to increased survival rates, decreased incidence and severity of side effects and, in some cases, reduced duration and amount of chemotherapy required.
- All patients are evaluated for available clinical trials and most receive treatment using research protocols.
Programs and Services
These are just some of the wide range of cancers and blood disorders we treat:
Cancers in bone marrow, blood cells and lymphatic system
- Lymphomas (Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
- Many other types
- Red and white blood cell disorders: sickle cell anemia, neutropenia and more
- Bleeding, clotting and platelet disorders: hemophilia, thrombocytopenia, thrombosis and more
- Others: polycythemia, vascular and lymphatic malformations
Tumors in bone and connective tissues, like muscles, joints and blood vessels
- Ewing sarcoma
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Many other types
Tumors in brain, kidneys or other organs
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Many other types
Quality and Outcomes
When compared with top-rated U.S. children’s hospitals for pediatric oncology and hematology, we meet or exceed national success rates for infection prevention, five-year cancer survival rates and bone marrow transplant survival rates.
Wolfson Children’s partners with University of Florida (UF) Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville. Children come from all over the world to receive advanced treatment at the institute, which is one of the largest pediatric proton therapy centers in the world.
The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, a collaboration with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic, brings children from all over the world to receive care. Our experience and cutting-edge practices can be life saving for a child.
Celebrating New Beginnings: Reaching the Checkered Flag
After a child receives a bone marrow transplant, they will be in the hospital for a while. So, when the day comes to finally go home, it’s a day worth celebrating. At Wolfson Children’s, we celebrate important milestones like this together with our patients. A parade lap around the pediatric oncology floor that includes the patient’s favorite music culminates at a checkered flag that each transplant graduate signs and dates.
Treating the Whole Child
In addition to treatment, we provide support services to improve your child’s overall health and wellness.
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Pain management
- Behavioral health support
- Palliative and supportive care
- Care for the mind, body and spirit with biofeedback, yoga, meditation and massage
Skilled doctors, nurses, research associates, social workers, surgeons and many more are at the core of the world-class hematology and oncology care we provide at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
The Cancer Center serves children from North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. Wolfson Children's is located on the south bank of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville and is connected to Nemours Children's Specialty Care via Kids Walk. Ronald McDonald House is next to Nemours. Follow-up care is provided at our Brunswick and Daytona specialty centers.
When Jaya’s brain tumor returned after surgery in a Georgia hospital, her parents brought her to Wolfson Children’s where the second attempt was successful.
Diagnosed with congenital dyserythropoeitic anemia (CDA), Tyler’s disease was cured at age 12 with a bone marrow transplant.
After fighting stage IV rhabdomyosarcoma, Marissa is a survivor who knows what real endurance is.