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Dear colleagues,

U.S. News and World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) as one of the top hospitals in the nation for pediatric oncology, and our research initiatives and innovative programs play a large part in that distinction. 

We are launching this newsletter to share the very best of our program with you because every new development has the opportunity to improve clinical outcomes and advance pediatric medicine. We want to share our research and innovation so we can spark new thinking about pediatric oncology and collaborate with others in the field. The more we come together, the more lives we can save.   


Dr. Leonard Sender, M.D., medical director, Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s
CHOC is Designated a Caris Center of Excellence

CHOC Children's has been named a center of excellence for the newly established Caris Centers of Excellence for Precision Medicine Network™ in Pediatric Cancers (Network). The Network, formed by Caris Life Sciences®, will consist of leading pediatric-focused cancer centers that have demonstrated a commitment to precision medicine and will work collaboratively to advance the delivery of molecular profiling, as well as establish standards-of-care for tumor profiling in pediatric oncology. The Network will leverage Caris’ multiple‐technology tumor profiling service, Caris Molecular Intelligence®, to educate the pediatric oncology community on the adult experience in the practice of precision medicine, to advance research and clinical trials, and to help guide therapy decisions and identify clinical trial opportunities based on each patient’s unique cancer biology. Learn more about this partnership.
Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s Opens First-Ever Infusionarium for Pediatric Cancer Patients

CHOC Children’s recently became the first hospital in the nation to unveil an Infusionarium – an interactive treatment space that combines the latest audio-visual equipment with oncology infusion technology in an environment designed specifically for young cancer patients. Up to four children at a time can watch movies on jumbo screens, play their favorite Xbox games, connect with friends and family via Google Hangout or listen to music and podcasts on high-end, noise-cancelling headphones. When space permits, parents can also take advantage of the space by queueing up educational videos from CHOC Children’s YouTube channel or accessing resources that can help them provide better care to their child at home.

A study is currently underway to determine whether patients treated in the Infusionarium have improved infusion experiences, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the soothing space could significantly mitigate harsh side effects. Read more about the Infusionarium in this article on The New York Times website.
CHOC Oncology Experts Discuss Importance of Fertility Preservation for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients

In this HemOnc Today article, CHOC oncology experts Dr. Leonard Sender, M.D., Keri Zabokrtsky, MS and Julie Messina, PA-C, outline the procedures available for fertility preservation in adolescent and young adult cancer (AYA) patients. They also recommend incorporating the topic into conversations about treatment. Approximately 70,000 AYA patients (defined as those ages 15 to 39) are treated for cancer each year, and fertility issues are among the top concerns for those diagnosed. Open dialogue about the options available can reduce patient stress, improve quality of life and provide reassurance that there is a future past cancer. Read the full article here.
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