Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health cares for cancer patients across the state. Our program takes a family-centered approach to cancer care by involving the child's parents and caregivers in all treatment decisions. At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and IU Health North Hospital we provide only the very best in cancer treatment.
One of only 21 centers in the U.S. with access to new, Phase 1 medications (drugs in the earliest stage of clinical studies).
Recent research achievements:
- High-risk neuroblastoma (a tumor seen in infants and toddlers) survival increased 10 percent with high dose chemotherapy and stem cell support
- Zinecard, a medication that can help protect the heart and other tissues from harmful side effects, is utilized during the treatment of osteosarcomas (the most common type of bone cancer) to reduce the damage caused by chemotherapy
- Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer in bone marrow, survival increased 10 percent
- Opened new clinical studies with the intravenous drug, Tensirolimus, to precisely target cancer cell signaling pathways
Because of the greater survival rates among children with cancer, the majority of patients are entered into Children's Oncology Group or COG clinical studies. COG is a clinical studies group supported by the National Cancer Institute. It is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
Riley at IU Health is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally for placing children in COG clinical studies.
COG provides patients with access to hundreds of treatments that are proven to be the gold standard in care.
Unique to Indiana University Health, the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center provides highly precise, noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment options for children diagnosed with cancer.
IU Health has one of only 10 centers in the country that provide proton therapy treatments.
Proton therapy provides very targeted radiation to cancerous tissues while avoiding critical organs such as the heart and the lungs.
This method drastically cuts down on the amount of side effects caused by radiation.
Riley at IU Health treats over 80% of all new pediatric cancer diagnoses in Indiana.
That translates to approximately 200 pediatric cancer patients a year. Because of the high volume of patients we treat, we are experts in pediatric cancer treatment - which leads to better care and improved outcomes.
Riley at IU Health is the only provider of stem cell transplantation for children in Indiana.
Riley at IU Health has strong working relationships with physicians across the state who help care for patients in locations closer to home during the course of treatment.
Additionally, doctors at Riley at IU Health take special care to make sure family physicians are informed and prepared to care for stem cell patients when they return home.