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Child and art projectShands Hospital at the University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. We are one of the Southeast’s most respected and premiere hospitals.

Because childhood cancers and blood disorders are so rare, most young patients are referred to specialized centers for their treatment. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology specialists here at Shands Hospital diagnose and treat childhood blood disorders and cancers using a multidisciplinary approach that includes medical, surgical, and radiotherapies. We have a wide variety of medical specialties with the skills needed to identify and care for these children using state-of-the-art technologies. Today, nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.

Shands Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). This group represents the merger of four national pediatric cancer research groups, which designs and evaluates cancer therapies through large clinical trials. Our patients receive cutting edge therapies based on nationally approved research protocols. As a member hospital of COG, we have contributed to these impressive progressions in childhood cancer survival and cure.

The mission of our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team is to provide the finest, most compassionate care to children suffering from childhood cancers and blood disorders. Staffing top pediatric specialists, using the latest kid-friendly expertise and making innovative strides in pediatric research, we dedicate ourselves to the health and well-being of our patients