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Oncology is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncologists receive extensive, specialized training to care for patients. Treatments may include a combination of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, medication and/or surgery.

Pediatric oncologists in Nashville, Tennessee

Your family doesn’t have to go through a cancer diagnosis alone — our care team is here to find the right treatment plan.

As a parent, there is nothing more difficult than when your child is sick. That is why we are here to help you navigate the process with compassion and expertise. Sarah Cannon Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Cellular Therapy at TriStar Centennial Medical Center offers internationally recognized care for blood cancer and related diseases, and our highly experienced physicians partner with you to make sure your child receives the best possible care.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Network of HCA Healthcare, our family of facilities offer integrated cancer programs with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology experts ensure you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH Helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (352) 339-7000.

Pediatric cancers we treat

The Sarah Cannon Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Cellular Therapy program treats a range of pediatric cancers and blood disorders, including:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML)
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bone marrow failures
  • Brain cancer, including medulloblastoma
  • Chronic myeloblastic leukemia (CML)
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Primary immunodeficiencies, such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Sarcomas
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Wilms tumor

Our pediatric oncology services

When your child receives cancer treatment at our hospital, you become part of our family. In addition to our unsurpassed physicians, our many specialists and support staff members are here to help your whole family on your child's journey toward healing.

Pediatric cancer care

Our multidisciplinary hematology-oncology program supports the diagnosis, management and long-term care for cancer and blood disorders. We are committed to spending significant time with your child and your family as we discuss available treatments, including the standards of care and clinical trials. Our goal is you make you feel comfortable with all facets of care.

Treatment can include:

  • Bone marrow transplant, sometimes called blood and marrow or stem cell transplant
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy, including CAR-T cell therapy
  • Surgery, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery options
  • Radiation therapy

We are also able to create a genetic profile based on a tumor biopsy, which allows us to find a more personalized treatment targeted to your child’s specific diagnosis.

Myleosupression Unit

A specialized, positive-pressure unit for inpatient hospitalizations.

  • Separate playroom for our patient population
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room with internet access, snacks and family bathroom
  • A family space with laundry facilities adjacent to the inpatient unit

Blood and marrow transplant program

As members of the Pediatric Blood and Transplant Consortium, Pediatric Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium and the Sarah Cannon Transplant & Cellular Therapy Network, our physicians have more than 20 years of experience in pediatric transplants, and perform transplants from all donor sources. Our program doesn’t just treat cancer – we offer a long-term follow up program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of young transplant survivors. Our staff is made up of:

  • Pediatric hematology/oncology physicians
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Advanced nurse practitioners
  • Oncology nurses and pharmacists
  • Cancer care navigators

In addition to supporting your child’s physical health, we care for your child’s social and emotional health. This holistic approach includes:

  • Art therapy
  • Child life specialists
  • Oncology psychology
  • Oncology social work

Clinical trials

Our program offers cutting-edge treatments through clinical trials which are conducted by our oncologists to test new ways to treat cancer. Cancer clinical trials help to determine if a treatment, drug or procedure shows a better way of treating a particular cancer or provides a way to treat a condition for which there wasn’t a treatment before. We’re actively participating in trials studying gene therapy and immunotherapy treatments.

Blood & Marrow Transplant 101

Learn about how blood and marrow transplants, or stem cell transplants, work and how they can help fight cancer in this animated video from Sarah Cannon.

Pediatric Oncology Services

Our pediatric oncology services rooms.

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Our accreditations and partnerships

From professional accreditation to our partnership with a national cancer research organization, it is our hope you will feel confident in the healthcare we provide.

High standards in pediatric oncology care

With accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), our hospital adheres to strict international standards for pediatric hematology and cancer care. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality care and exceeding practice standards.

Cancer research partnership

We partner with the Children's Oncology Group (COG), a worldwide premier children's cancer research organization supported by the National Cancer Institute. Through this partnership, we collaborate with scientists across the world to discover advanced treatment options, including clinical trial participation and the development of therapeutics for pediatric cancer.

Tucker's Story

Tucker's mom shares how doctors at Sarah Cannon and TriStar Centennial Children's Hospital teamed up to provide life-saving care to her son. #FightingCancerTogether