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Rady Children's Specialists

Cancer & Blood Disorders

Neuroblastoma Program

The Neuroblastoma Program is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care for pediatric patients diagnosed with this condition.

Expert care is provided by the physicians in our Solid Tumor Program. The team works closely with the Pediatric Surgery program, specifically Nicholas Saenz, M.D., to treat patients with neuroblastoma.

We collaborate with our colleagues in the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation Program when autologous bone marrow transplant is incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan.

For patients requiring radiation therapy, we partner with Iain MacEwan, M.D., radiation oncologist. Dr. MacEwan oversees the care of our patients at both the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego and at the California Protons Cancer Therapy Center through our Proton Therapy program. Learn about radiation therapy for pediatric cancers.

Additionally, our team relies on the expertise of the Acute Pain Service and the Hematology/Oncology Supportive Care Program, specifically JoAnne Auger, R.N., CHPPN, supportive care nurse for the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, and Kimberly Bower, M.D., who serves as thepalliative care consultant/hospice liaison.  Together they assist with symptom management and provide multidisciplinary psychosocial support to patients and their families.

The program’s research component involves biologic and therapeutic clinical trials (cooperative group, industry-sponsored, principal investigator-initiated), many of which utilize novel agents. Quality improvement projects specifically targeting patients with solid tumors are also being conducted. Learn about the Peckham Center’s cancer clinical trials.