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.


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