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Can we vaccinate against cancer? Yes

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Kansas has a distinction which is costing people their lives – we rank last of all states in getting teens vaccinated for the HPV virus. Each year, more than 60,000 men and women in the United States are diagnosed with head and neck cancers, about 70 percent are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). To reduce this risk, the Centers for Disease Control recommend children and adolescents receive two doses of the FDA-approved HPV vaccine. If it prevents cancer, why not? Read more.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Patients receive the most effective treatments available

Pediatric hematology and oncology specialists at The University of Kansas Hospital and at The University of Kansas Cancer Center provide the most effective and compassionate cancer care available to children, adolescents and young adults with blood conditions or cancer. Leaders in their fields, our physicians have expertise in treating all types of childhood cancers, including the most rare.

Children with cancer often require lifelong follow-up well after their treatments end. Our strength is in helping your child transition from pediatric care to long-term adult and follow-up care. We have comprehensive services and specialists from multiple fields, so your child can continue to receive lifelong care at one place. It's a unique breadth and depth of care that you'll find only at an academic environment like ours.

Services focus on children's unique needs

It's difficult for children to deal with a chronic, life-threatening or life-limiting illness. It's hard for their families and friends, too. This is why we created KU Kids Healing Place. It's a comprehensive program that starts the moment of diagnosis and addresses the long-term educational, social, psychological, spiritual and financial needs surrounding your child and your family.

Through our Connected Kansas Kids talks, your child can be the expert as they discuss their disease and treatment. Teachers, classmates, friends, family and neighbors are invited to these talks, delivered either in person or via telemedicine, to ask questions and share information with a cancer specialist. These talks help demystify your child's disease while educating people about what your child is experiencing.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials test how investigational medications, treatments and interventions work. Through clinical trials, we continue to make tremendous progress toward finding cures for childhood cancers.

We offer all of our pediatric cancer patients the opportunity to participate in a trial. In addition to receiving the standard care and treatments, your child will have access to potentially promising therapies that are not available elsewhere. Your child's pediatric cancer physician will talk with you about whether your child is eligible for a particular trial.