We’re In It Together
Children experience cancer differently from adults. How well they cope and respond to treatment is often highly dependent on how well their families are coping and supporting them throughout. In a sense, the entire family becomes our patient when a child receives treatment at Texas Children’s Cancer Center®. The family’s experiences, stories and voices are an important part of our story, and they are the only ones who can tell it.
This year, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we asked patient families if they would tell us their stories in their own words. We were overwhelmed by the response. More than 15 families representing a wide variety of patient ages, diagnoses and stages of the journey volunteered to share their experiences in intimate detail.
Each week we will feature a new patient family profile, adding a new chapter to help tell the complete story of what cancer is and what Texas Children’s Cancer Center is doing to defeat it.
T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
When Holly received a call from her pediatrician late on a Friday night, she knew it probably wasn’t good news. But she was still unprepared to learn that her 4-year-old only child, Grey, had leukemia. Getting over the shock was hard, but once the family got the hang of treatment, they let Grey’s positive attitude be their guide.Read Grey’s Story
Why Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers?
At Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, we offer every child state-of-the-art treatment, honesty, transparency, compassion and guidance through each step of the journey – based on a wealth of knowledge and experience.
As one of the largest pediatric cancer and hematology centers in the United States, and the #1 in Texas, with access to the most innovative treatments, research and clinical trial networks in the world, we are uniquely equipped to provide this kind of care.
It is reassuring to parents when they learn that world-renowned experts from multiple specialties and subspecialties sit together in the same room to discuss their child’s case and the best treatment for their child. All major decisions regarding a child’s course of care involve the entire team. It’s like getting second, third and fourth opinions from a diverse set of experts at every critical point.
As a parent, we know you would travel to the ends of the earth to seek the best possible care for your child. Since Texas Children’s is rooted right here in the Lone Star State, you can easily access the quality of care, as well as experience and expertise, your child deserves. Texas Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s best, largest and most comprehensive specialty pediatric hospitals, with more than 4.3 million patient encounters annually. Texas Children’s continues to be a preeminent resource for health and hope to all children and their families.
“Every rare or bad side effect from chemo – he’s had it.”
— Emily S.
“She’s much stronger than I gave her credit for.”
— Tisha D.
“It’s too much to bear alone, you have to share the load.”
— Maria V.
“She’s done amazing. She responds better than most to the chemo.”
— Desiree R.
Trust Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers to Care for You and Your Family
Close to Home – Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers offer 3 locations across the greater Houston area ready to provide care that’s convenient for our patients. In addition, our clinic in the Rio Grande Valley is the only comprehensive pediatric cancer center in South Texas. Depending on diagnosis and treatment needs, our medical providers see patients at our hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, Katy in West Houston, The Woodlands and McAllen, Texas.
Recognition – As the only pediatric hospital in Texas on U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll, we are proud to be ranked among the best pediatric cancer centers in the nation.
Nursing – Texas Children’s prides itself on providing a strong and supportive culture to empower its more than 3,500 nurses who average more than 13 years of professional experience. Our deep commitment to nursing is evidenced by the more than 15 years Texas Children’s has been recognized as a Magnet®-designated hospital.
Patient Care – With more than six decades of experience caring for some of the rarest and most complex cases, we work together to surround patients with expertise and provide the best possible outcomes for every child.
Psychosocial Care – We provide comprehensive psychosocial care that targets the social and emotional needs of our patients, their siblings and their families. Our trained specialists work alongside the medical team to provide supportive care as our patients and families adjust and cope with their diagnosis. In addition, we offer an extensive array of programming, arts in medicine, pet therapy, camps and special events to provide opportunities for play, creativity, and self-expression, thus allowing a child to still be a child.
Breakthroughs – Research at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, spans more than 250 active therapeutic clinical trials, over 135,000 square feet of laboratory space, and one of the largest and most diverse pediatric patient populations in the country. With funding of more than $40 million annually, over 350 Texas Children's and Baylor College of Medicine researchers are conducting clinical, basic science and translational research in 47 laboratories.