A Devastating Diagnosis
The American Cancer Society estimates that 15,190 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer in 2023. In the same year, an estimated 1,590 will die from the disease.
Despite major treatment advances over the past five decades, cancer remains the leading cause of disease-related death among both children and adolescents. In fact, it is responsible for more child and adolescent deaths than all other diseases combined. Yet only 3.25% of National Cancer Institute research funding is allocated specifically to pediatric cancers.
At Phoenix Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD), we're working to change that. It won’t be easy, but we’re committed to reaching the day when no family ever loses a child to cancer.
Important Work Done at CCBD in 2022:
newly diagnosed cancer patients
patients participating in clinical trials
A Sanctuary of Hope
As Arizona's largest pediatric cancer program, CCBD treats the majority of the state's young cancer patients. It’s our mission to ensure that they get the best care from the moment of diagnosis to the completion of treatment and beyond.
Led by world-renowned pediatric cancer researcher Mario Otto, MD, PhD, CCBD is at the forefront of pediatric oncology—a sanctuary of hope where expert clinicians provide compassionate care to children and families, and where trailblazing researchers are advancing the next generation of lifesaving therapies and technologies.
World-class patient care
CCBD treats thousands of patients each year, providing comprehensive, personalized care to every child. CCBD is made up of oncology, hematology, histiocytosis and research.
Phoenix Children’s was one of the first U.S. institutions approved to treat children using chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, a treatment in which a patient’s T cells—a type of immune system cell—are altered in the lab so they will attack cancer cells.
Stories of Hope
CCBD Advisory Board
COO & VP, MITER Brands
Founder and Board Member, Title21 Health Solutions
Lewis “Buzz” David Ghiz
Former President, Paramount Pool & Spa Systems
Former Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Avnet
Director, Corporate eWaste Solutions (CEWS)
Volunteer and Philanthropist
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