Pediatric support resources
The first-of-its-kind interactive web community that allows young cancer patients and survivors to connect with peers all over the world, developed by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board and Yoursphere.com, a Davis, California-based leader in youth social networking. "Kids' Cancer Corner" provides children who have been diagnosed with cancer and their support groups a rich social networking experience that is content- and age-appropriate and complies with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act.
The Child Life Program helps provide a positive environment for the child, one in which they can grow and develop while receiving medical care. Child life specialists, music therapists and art therapists are trained to offer developmental, educational, and therapeutic interventions for children and their families under stress.
Long-Term Effects Clinic
Beginning in fall of 2012, pediatric cancer patients will have access to clinic services aimed specifically at addressing the long-term effects of cancer treatment. Long-term effects from cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy may include physical, emotional or intellectual problems that develop or evolve over time. Having a clinic dedicated to these issues will improve monitoring and early identification, as well as facilitate access to further subspecialty care.
Ronald McDonald House
The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House is "A-Home-Away-From-Home" facility for families who must travel at least 50 miles to seek medical treatment for their child. Guests come to the house through the referral system.
Kiwanis Family House
The Kiwanis Family House offers inexpensive family accommodations for patients and families who travel long distances to receive medical treatment. Residency is offered through a referral system.
A component of the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services founded in 1937, NCI has built a national network of regional and community cancer centers, physicians who are cancer specialists, cooperative groups of clinical researchers, and volunteer and community outreach groups.
American Cancer Society
A grassroots organization with three million volunteers at its core, the 100-year-old nonprofit is the nation’s largest non-governmental funder of cancer research.