Welcome Letter from Dr. Poplack, Director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
When parents discover that their child is severely sick and requires treatment for cancer or a blood disorder, it is one of life’s most difficult moments. Most parents never consider the possibility their child might be touched by these tragic circumstances.
However, childhood cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children in the United States. Although cancer remains a serious threat to the health of children, great strides have been made in treatment. Approximately one in every 250 adults under age 55 has survived childhood cancer-providing much hope for both pediatric cancer patients and their parents.
The Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, world renowned for its work in pediatric cancer and hematology disorders, offer innovative therapies for all forms of childhood cancer and blood disorders. The Centers are working to improve the outcome for all patients afflicted with these diseases and to develop and perfect new treatment approaches that are the result of the most extraordinary scientific insights. The staff of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers are committed to a future free from the threat of childhood cancer and blood diseases.
The Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers combine the strengths of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), both of which are located in Houston. Texas Children’s Cancer Center is the pediatric program of The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine’s NCI-designated cancer center. Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest freestanding pediatric facility in the United States; an internationally recognized, licensed 582-bed, full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center; the pediatric teaching hospital of BCM; and home to the College’s full-time pediatric faculty. BCM is ranked in the top 10% in federal research funding among medical schools in the U.S. Physician-scientists on the BCM faculty who provide patient care at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, are at the forefront of medical research. This means our patients have the distinct advantage of receiving the most advanced, state-of-the-art medical treatments from highly skilled pediatric cancer treatment experts.
Our mission is to provide personalized, high quality, family-centered care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders; to discover and implement innovative laboratory research and treatment advances aimed at curing and preventing childhood cancer and blood disorders; and to provide world-class training and education for current and future leaders in the field.
I hope this website gives you a greater understanding of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and the compassion that is the cornerstone of our approach to patient care.
David G. Poplack, M.D.
Director, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center
Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology
Head, Hematology-Oncology Section, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Deputy Director, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine