Osteosarcoma Survivor
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Brain Tumor Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Wilms Tumor Survivor
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Leukemia Survivor
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Retinoblastoma Survivor
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Treatments and Therapies

Improving lives by revolutionizing treatment

Researchers are constantly investigating new treatments and therapies in an effort to cure all childhood cancers. The University of Minnesota Cancer Center is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research facilities, yielding medical breakthroughs that have revolutionized the treatment of childhood cancer around the globe.

Learn more about cutting-edge treatments and therapies being discovered by the University of Minnesota Cancer Center:


Chemotherapy uses cancer-fighting medications to destroy cancer cells. Chemo can be used alone or with surgery or radiation therapy to shrink a tumor or prevent its spread. Read More


Radiation uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. However, the treatment is strong and causes side-effects. Learn more about treatment and coping with side-effects. Read More

Bone Marrow Transplants

Learn answers to the most common questions regarding blood or marrow transplants (BMTs), from the definition of bone marrow and an explanation of the different types of transplants to an overview of diseases treated with the procedure. Read More

Immune-based Therapies

Immune-based therapies (IBTs) are a relatively new addition to our list of cancer treatments and many of the therapies show promise. IBTs use the body’s immune system to fight cancer or lessen the side effects of traditional cancer treatments. Read More

New and Developing Therapies

New and developing therapies include anti-cancer drugs; autologous stem cell transplantation; chemoprotectants; biological therapies; immunotherapies; and more. Read More

Documenting Your Child's Cancer Treatment

Compiling a complete medical history for childhood cancer survivors is a daunting task. But having a thorough and complete medical history on hand is essential--it can be a lifesaver. You should obtain a written history of all cancer treatments from the original treating institution. Read More