Pediatric Oncology refers collectively to all cancer treatments for infants, children and teenagers. This is a huge field of medical practice. Approved treatment options vary from country to country, and sometimes treatment/surgery abroad may be the only way parents can find specific treatments for an ill child. Common childhood cancers include brain tumors, acute leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Ewing's sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma, and neuroblastoma.
The United States, India and Mexico are known for treatment of children’s cancers. In all cases, the level of care, treatment coordination and amenities to provide housing and access for family members are key issues. While parents may be desperate to try anything which may help a critically ill child, the quality of an overseas facility should always be an important factor in treatment decision-making.