For Families Seeking Treatment


How to get your child admitted to St. Jude

St. Jude provides the best possible care for our patients. We also make discoveries that will lead to better treatment for sick children and young adults around the world. We accomplish both by treating patients using clinical trials, taking the standard of care one step beyond. Acceptance to St. Jude may be based on potential eligibility for an open clinical trial.

How to get your child admitted to St. Jude

Step 1: Determine patient eligibility

St. Jude offers exceptional care to eligible children and young adults with diagnosed or suspected diagnoses of:

  • Cancers we treat
  • Sickle cell disease and other blood disorders we treat
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Genetic conditions that increase a child's risk of cancer

Does your child have a disease we treat?

Is your child eligible for a St. Jude clinical trial?

We accept most patients based on their ability to enroll in an open clinical trial that is being conducted at St. Jude.

Learn more about participating in clinical research.

Is your child an age we treat?

For most diseases and treatments, St. Jude accepts children, adolescents and young adults who are 21 years old or younger at the time of acceptance. Exceptions to this age limit include:

Children age 18 years old or younger:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and some other forms of childhood leukemia
  • Nonmalignant hematological disorders (non-cancerous  blood disorders)
  • Genetic predisposition for cancer

Children and young adults age 25 years old or younger:

  • Certain solid tumors
  • Certain brain tumors
  • Surgery
  • Radiation oncology

Is your child eligible for treatment at a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic?

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee.

In addition, through the St. Jude Affiliate Program, your family may have options to receive exceptional St. Jude care at one of our seven regional affiliate clinics.

When a St. Jude affiliate is a child's primary treatment center, we may accept a child regardless of his or her ability to enroll in an open clinical trial. To refer a child to a St. Jude affiliate clinic, you should call the appropriate affiliate site.

Learn more about St. Jude Affiliate Clinics.

Step 2: Information needed to initiate a referral

Contact your child's physician about a St. Jude referral. We will need standard demographic information to initiate the referral or consultation process. This includes:

  • Referring physician name and contact information
  • Patient's name
  • Patient's date of birth
  • Patient's address and phone number
  • Patient diagnosis and treatment history

Step 3: Contact St. Jude

Parents should talk with their physician about initiating a referral or a free consultation. Your child's physician can do this by contacting the Physician / Patient Referral Office. This is the primary way to reach St. Jude for referral information and requests. You or your physician can contact the Physician / Patient Referral Office:

Call: 1-888-226-4343 (toll-free)
Submit: Online referral form

For specific services, you can also reach out to individual referral contacts. These include:

Brain Tumor Program

Call: 901-595-2544 or 901-595-4599, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Page: 1-800-394-4334
Submit: Online Referral Form

Brain Tumor Coordinator

The Brain Tumor Coordinator is dedicated to helping you seek treatment or refer a patient.

Tabatha Doyle, RN
Brain Tumor Coordinator
Call: 901-595-2544
Fax: 901-595-6211

Department of Surgery

Call: 901-595-4060
Submit: Online Referral Form

Step 4: Follow-up and additional information

If a more formal medical record evaluation is requested, additional specific information may be required by your physician.

If your child is eligible and accepted for treatment at St. Jude you will be encouraged to review the Patient Resources.

Throughout the patient's treatment at St. Jude, the referring physician can check your child's progress by calling 1-888-226-4343 or by emailing

Treatment Programs

Patient & Family Resources