Updated standards for pediatric cancer centers emphasize the importance of having board-certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists at the head of multidisciplinary teams to provide the best care for children with cancer.
They recommend that all children, teens, and young adults with newly suspected or recurrent malignancies be referred to a pediatric cancer center for prompt and accurate diagnosis and management.
The update also recommends that the treatment of such children and teens be started at a pediatric cancer center. Treatment can be continued at a center that does not specialize in pediatric oncology as long as it is overseen by the multidisciplinary team from the pediatric cancer center.
The policy statement, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was published online July 28 in Pediatrics.