Seeking Treatment at St. Jude

Note: This page provides information for patients and families seeking treatment at St. Jude. If you are a referring physician, please visit our Physician Referral page.

Why St. Jude?

Our mission is simple: finding cures and saving children. Our approach to fulfilling this mission makes us different from most children’s hospitals. St. Jude focuses solely on treatment and research for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We often treat diseases that do not respond well to standard treatments. We also develop new treatments that could prove more effective or have fewer side effects.

How are patients accepted?

St. Jude continuously develops new, improved treatments. We offer these treatments through clinical trials, also called research studies or protocols. To be accepted for treatment at St. Jude, your child must be eligible for one of St. Jude’s open clinical trials , or meet one of the additional criteria listed below. They also must be referred by a physician or qualified medical professional. Physicians should visit our Physician Referral page for information.

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study created to learn more about an experimental treatment or a behavior. The experimental treatment could be a:

For more information, visit Clinical Trials at St. Jude.

Is my child eligible for a clinical trial?

Each St. Jude clinical trial has specific requirements for acceptance. These include:

Your child’s physician should contact us as early as possible, because some of our trials only accept children if they have not yet begun treatment.

How do I contact St. Jude?

If you are a parent, please call the Physician/Patient Referral Office (888) 226-4343, or visit the Physician/Patient Referral Office page. If your child has a brain tumor, please see specific eligibility requirements for brain tumors. If you are a clinician, please contact the Physician/Patient Referral Office, or fill out the Physician Referral form.

What additional criteria does St. Jude use to be accepted for treatment?

In addition to accepting children eligible for one of St. Jude’s open clinical trials, we may also accept children with diseases we treat who live in our geographic area. Your child may also qualify for treatment at St. Jude providing he or she has a disease we are able to treat and we have sufficient capacity within the treatment program. If your child is not eligible for an open St. Jude clinical trial, we can offer suggestions for a hospital near your home for treatment. One of our affiliate clinics may be the closest hospital to you. We also can provide ongoing consults with the medical team caring for your child at a non-St. Jude affiliated hospital.

If you live outside the United States, there may be occasional opportunities to join a clinical trial at St. Jude. We also support International Partner clinics, as well as offer consultations with physicians outside the U.S. Please ask your doctor to contact our Physician/Patient Referral Office for more information.

Insurance/Payment Information

Insurance coverage is not a factor in accepting patients. If your child is accepted for admission and you do not have insurance, St. Jude will cover all treatment costs. If you have insurance, St. Jude will work with your health insurance and will cover all treatment costs not covered by your insurance.

St. Jude accepts all children within the United States who qualify for open clinical trials regardless of race, color, creed, disability, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or the family’s ability to pay.