Departmental Focus

The overall mission of the Oncology Department is to improve cure rates for children with cancer while reducing the side effects of therapy through a  coordinated program of clinical and laboratory-based research, patient care and education. Recent gains have been seen in the treatment outcome for two of the most frequent forms of childhood cancer (a 94 percent survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and 71 percent for acute myeloid leukemia).

Oncology faculty share their unique clinical expertise with colleagues worldwide through St. Jude Global. They are also involved in all programs of the Cancer Center through research aiming at identifying novel drugs and treatment modalities, defining the clinical significance of recently discovered genetic abnormalities of cancer cells, and understanding mechanisms of cancer development and drug resistance. The ultimate goals of this research are to provide curative therapy to every child with cancer and help develop preventive measures.

Department of Oncology


  • Cancer Predisposition

    The Division of Cancer Predisposition was formed in 2014 with the overarching mission to promote cutting-edge clinical, translational and basic research related to genetic predisposition to childhood cancer.

  • Cancer Survivorship

    The mission of the Division of Cancer Survivorship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is simple: We aim to improve quality of life among adults who survived all types of pediatric cancer.

  • Leukemia Lymphoma

    The mission of the Leukemia/Lymphoma division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cure rates for children with leukemia and lymphoma, while minimizing acute and late sequelae of therapy.

  • Molecular Oncology

    The Division of Molecular Oncology investigates the molecular and cellular determinants that lead to tumor formation and that dictate cellular responses to cytotoxic stresses.

  • Neuro-Oncology

    The mission of the Neuro-Oncology division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance knowledge related to the etiology and biology of brain tumors in children, to provide optimal treatment and work towards cures for these diseases.

  • Quality of Life and Palliative Care

    Our mission in the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to provide each child living with or dying from a catastrophic illness with state of the art patient and family-centered physical, emotional and spiritual care with the goal of attending to suffering, promoting healing and improving quality of life.

  • Solid Tumor

    The mission of the Solid Tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to develop and test novel therapeutic interventions for the treatment of pediatric solid tumors, in particular, those at high risk of treatment failure.

Contact Us

Department of Oncology
MS 260, Room C6056
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Telephone: (901) 595-4329
Fax: (901) 521-1751

Preferred contact method: email