When surgery is an appropriate treatment option, patients are seen by the expert surgeons in the Department of Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. This busy, experienced Department performs some 14,000 pediatric surgeries a year – nearly twice that of any other hospital in Southern California.
These surgeons are highly experienced in treating children of all ages – from infants and school-aged children to young adults – and in addressing the most complicated cancers.
Oncologists and surgeons meet in weekly sessions to ensure that any surgical plan is integrated into a patient’s overall plan of care. Surgeons from different disciplines become involved in oncology cases and routinely exchange ideas on treatment approaches. These include the latest in minimally invasive techniques, one focus of research and innovation for this accomplished Department.
Hospital surgeons are members of oncology study groups in the nationwide Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a source for new treatment protocols – knowledge they bring to benefit our young patients.