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St. Jude is not a typical children’s hospital. St. Jude is first and foremost a hospital that provides unsurpassed care to children, but it is also a research center that specializes in finding cures for childhood catastrophic diseases. It is the largest childhood cancer research center in the world in terms of the number of patients enrolled and successfully treated on research protocols.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common form of childhood cancer. When St. Jude scientists began their research in 1962, only 4 out of 100 children with ALL survived the disease. Today, the survival rate is more than 90 percent, but we want it to be even better. Our skilled doctors, scientists and staff conduct groundbreaking research every day. They work to improve the survival rates for childhood cancers and to find cures for many other devastating diseases. In addition, promising new studies are helping uncover the genetic causes of pediatric cancer. Ultimately, this research will allow us to tailor more effective treatments for each patient.
St. Jude researchers focus on translating positive laboratory results into improved patient treatments. An important part of this process is the many patients who enroll in our clinical trials. These trials help us measure the effectiveness of our protocols (scientific treatment plans). Every day members of the patient’s extensive medical support team closely monitor how each child is affected by the treatment.
We know that you and your child are unique individuals. Our social workers, psychologists, child life specialists and chaplains help patients and their families cope with facing a life-threatening illness. At St. Jude, we believe that families are essential in providing the best physical and psychosocial care for their children. And, we know that the family is a child’s primary source of strength and support.
As you learn more about the research and the people of St. Jude, you will understand why your child will receive care and attention that you won’t find at a typical children’s hospital.