CHOC Children's

Hyundai Cancer Institute :: What to Expect

differenceThe Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's is dedicated to providing patients and their families individualized, compassionate care. 
What to expect at the first appointment
At the initial appointment, the patient will be seen by one of our pediatric oncology specialists and may undergo several individualized diagnostic tests to help our specialists make or confirm a diagnosis. Once all test and lab results are compiled, a multidisciplinary team of pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, the patient’s primary oncologist and the oncology case coordinator meet to discuss the child’s case and to determine the best course of treatment.
We believe that the referring physician is an important member of the treatment team and vital to the patient’s long-term care. Once a diagnosis and course of treatment are established, specialists work closely with the patient’s referring physician to ensure that there is coordination of care as well as close communication. 
A Guiding Hand from our Case Coordinators
We understand that navigating cancer treatment may seem like a daunting task. All new patients are immediately paired with a pediatric oncology nurse coordinator who serves as an advocate for the child and family throughout the patient’s course of treatment.  The coordinator serves as a guide to coordinating conferences with physicians and medical staff, facilitating appointments and diagnostic tests, and ensuring seamless care between inpatient and outpatient services. The nurse case coordinator also assists during the discharge planning process as well as providing patient education and other family support as needed.  
The Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Protocols
After a diagnosis is made, family members meet with the oncologist and nurse coordinator who work as a team to develop the child’s treatment plan. Treatment plans are based on a variety of factors including the type and extent of the cancer at the time of the diagnosis. The family is provided with a roadmap that describes the course and timing of the patient's treatments. The plan may be changed depending upon the child’s response to treatment.
Children’s cancers are very different than adult cancers, even when they take place in a young adult patient, and must be treated with specific pediatric cancer protocols. We are pediatric cancer specialists and only administer the very latest pediatric cancer protocols for all of our patients--infants through young adults. 
A majority of our protocols come from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a national organization funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The goal of COG is to improve the treatment and increase the survival and cure rates of childhood cancer.  We are one of only 22 medical centers in the country to offer COG Phase I clinical trials to pediatric cancer patients. Learn more about some of the very latest treatments offered at the Cancer Institute.