Celebration of Champions - Supporting children with cancer.

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The Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

Part of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is the largest pediatric hematology/oncology program serving San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. Children from around the world come to Rady Children’s for comprehensive cancer care spanning evaluation, treatment, pain management, palliative care, oncologic emergencies and specialized cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, biotherapy and immunotherapy.

Patient care by the numbers:

  • 282 children were newly diagnosed with cancer
  • 1,132 cancer survivors were followed after completing treatment
  • 361 patients were treated for bleeding disorders
  • 163 patients were treated for sickle cell disease
  • 22 patients received stem cell (blood and marrow) transplants
  • 4,165 Healing Touch sessions, 783 acupuncture treatments and 150 yoga classes were offered

A recently expanded Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders offers state-of-the art facilities to meet San Diego’s growing need for comprehensive pediatric cancer care. Its treatment, procedure, and outpatient exam rooms include the latest technology and equipment. An additional 38 private in-patient rooms provide advanced air filtering equipment for its fragile patients.

At the Peckham Center, cancer is the most frequent diagnosis, but patients are also treated for blood disorders such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease and von Willebrand’s disease.

The staff at the Peckham Center includes hematologists, oncologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses nurse case managers educators and translators. The psychosocial team, which is supported by proceeds from the Celebration of Champions®, consists of psychologists, psychosocial RN Coordinator, child life specialists and parent liaisons. These expert clinicians are a true care team, providing state-of-the-art care with state-of-the-heart support to children and families coping with a hematology/oncology diagnosis.