Riley Hospital for Children Cancer Center at Indiana University Health, the only such center in Indiana, is a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research for children with cancer. The Riley Cancer Center at IU Health and Indiana University Cancer Center together are the first and largest providers of cancer care for children and the only providers of stem cell transplantation for children in the state of Indiana. The center, with more than 20 years of experience, is dedicated to curing every child with cancer or blood-related diseases.
Advantages and Benefits
Patients seen by the Riley Cancer Center at IU Health will benefit from:
- a family-centered, compassionate approach to care that involves the child's parents in all treatment decisions
- a multidisciplinary care team of experienced pediatric subspecialists
- access to clinical trials studying new ways to help patients
- the latest cancer-fighting drugs and therapies
Our multidisciplinary care team is composed of 20 full-time faculty who are members of the IU School of Medicine, 11 full-time pediatric nurse practitioners, and four full-time social workers. Our team members are experienced specialists in areas such as stem cell transplantation, neuro-oncology, radiation therapy, and cancer survivorship.
The center sees approximately 260 new oncology patients each year, treating 80 percent to 90 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in children in Indiana. Because of our reputation and success, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health cares for cancer patients from across the nation. Riley at IU Health has approximately 13,000 outpatient visits per year and approximately 900 hospital admissions per year, which places it as one of the busiest in the region.
Because of the greater survival rates among children with cancer, the majority of patients are entered into Children's Oncology Group (COG) clinical trials, ranking the center consistently in the top 5 nationally for COG clinical trial accrual. Riley at IU Health will continue to be at the forefront of new treatments of pediatric cancer because cancer research findings have the potential to directly impact the survival and quality of life of young cancer patients at Riley at IU Health. The medical advancements we discover here also set standards for all children's cancer centers nationwide.
Achievements from over the last 10 years at the Riley Cancer Center at IU Health
- high risk neuroblastoma (a tumor seen in infants and toddlers) survival increased 10 percent with high dose chemotherapy and stem cell support.
- Zinecard is utilized during the treatment of osteosarcomas to reduce cardiac toxicity.
- acute myelogenous leukemia survival increased 10 percent.
- treatment of pediatric brain tumor patients with state-of-the-art Proton Beam radiation therapy at IU Health Proton Therapy.
- opened new clinical trial with Tensirolimus to precisely target cancer cell signaling pathways.