The physicians at the Torrence E. Hemby Jr. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center's Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics program at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC, are pushing the boundaries in cancer research to find more ways to successfully treat children with cancers and blood disorders.

When traditional cancer treatments aren't working in your child's cancer battle, the oncologist may suggest a clinical trial. Our dedicated specialists are here to give you the answers to any questions you have about how a clinical trial could affect your child. We've also assembled some common questions about clinical trial research.

Where can I learn more about clinical trials?

Visit the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to learn about clinical trials, including the benefits and risks associated with Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.

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How can I have my child referred to a clinical trial?

Download and print our referral form (PDF). Take this form to your child's oncologist, who can complete it and fax it back to our office at 704-355-1188.

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Who is on the Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics team?

The Pediatric Oncology Developmental Therapeutics Program has a dedicated staff consisting of physicians, child life specialists, nurses, social workers and research experts.

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I'd like to know more about my child's medical diagnosis and clinical trial plan. Where can I learn more?

Learning more about your child's condition is the first step to helping him or her fight cancer. Any of your child's healthcare team can answer your questions and help educate you on your child's diagnosis.

We've also compiled an online resource for health information for parents, teens and children. The Family Resource Center on the second floor of Levine Children's Hospital contains hundreds of medical books for patients and parents, along with computers you can use to research your child's condition and watch videos about treatments and procedures. A medical librarian dedicated to the center is available Monday to Friday to assist you with your research. Our library is open to all our patients and their families, as well as the community.

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My child is scared. Is there anything I can do that might help?

We have a child life specialist dedicated to assisting you and your child with any questions or worries that arise. The child life specialist's goal is to provide psychosocial and emotional support to all pediatric patients and their families. Talk to our child life specialist if your child is having any fears or has questions you can't answer. Child life specialists are trained to explain conditions and treatments in a comforting, child-friendly manner. They are also often able to suggest adjustments to address common pediatric patient fears, such as playing a distracting game during a procedure.

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How do I get to the Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center?

The Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center is located on the sixth floor of the Medical Center Plaza (1001 Blythe Boulevard) at Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, NC. If you would like to use our free valet service, pull into the circle and drive in front of the glass doors. If you prefer to self-park, just enter the parking deck directly beside Medical Center Plaza. Don't forget to take your ticket in with you to get validated after your appointment.

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What if I have more questions?

We understand how difficult it can be to make treatment decisions for your child. Don't hesitate to give us a call at 704-446-5285 if you have any additional questions.

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