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St. Jude is the only cancer center funded by the National Cancer Institute that is devoted solely to children and the only private cancer center in the United States committed to caring for and supporting children with cancer regardless of the family’s financial or health care resources.
The most advanced medical technology is available at St. Jude. The hospital offers the latest in treatment modalities, providing cost-efficient and effective therapies.
St. Jude has created more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital in the United States.
The nurse-to-patient ratio at St. Jude is unmatched—averaging 1:3 in hematology and oncology, and 1:1 in the Intensive Care Unit.
St. Jude patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia have a 94 percent survival rate, the best worldwide outcomes for that disease.
St. Jude was the first hospital in the U.S. to remove cranial irradiation from treatment for ALL (and, later, for acute myeloid leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) without harming survival rates.
St. Jude subsidizes transportation, lodging and meal expenses while the patient is being treated in Memphis.
All patients are treated at St. Jude regardless of their race, creed, or the family’s ability to pay. As was our founder’s dream, there is no means test for patients needing our services.
St. Jude pioneered outpatient treatment protocols for children with catastrophic diseases, reducing the need for inpatient stays.
St. Jude has built an exceptional medical staff. Experts in hematology, oncology, and infectious diseases, as well as other specialists, are available at all times for consultation.
Patients at St. Jude are followed throughout the treatment process and are typically managed in close collaboration with their private physicians.
Children and families confronted with a catastrophic disease benefit from the psychological, spiritual, developmental and social support they receive from the physicians, employees, and other families at St. Jude.
Educational assistance is offered to out-of-town patients who are in Memphis for an extended period of time. Two certified Memphis City schoolteachers coordinate activities with the child’s school, enabling children to fit easily back into the school environment once they return home.