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Pediatric Research

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital participates in a variety of research projects in Oncology, Cardiology and other pediatric specialties.

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Everything now known about the cure of children with cancer has been learned from research. Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is the world’s largest cooperative pediatric cancer research organization. Their research has led to a 78% overall cure rate for children’s and adolescent’s cancers. COG combines the best of the academic and clinical research to move forward the most promising research treatments from the laboratory to clinic trial to standard of care.

As a COG member, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital has a team of experts which provide combined treatments for all types of cancers that attack children and adolescents. Judy Felgenhauer, MD, as principal investigator, works with her Sacred Heart team which includes surgeons, pathologists, pediatric radiologists, social workers, nurses, radiation oncologists, etc. All COG members must maintain the highest standards for treating children with cancer. They follow COG-defined protocols to prove their scientific, medical and ethical scientific expertise. Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology program has over 90 active open studies and are enrolling children in protocols for leukemias, lymphomas, brain tumors, sarcomas and many other disorders.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital is also an affiliate of the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN). This non-profit organization, founded in 2006, is in the process of collecting data about children affected by bleeding and thrombotic disorders. The research bank they are building will help to formulate studies into the future.