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Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer RESEARCH CENTER

 

Founded in 1996, the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center is creating new knowledge to save the lives of children with cancer. 

Our more than 80 doctors and scientists at Penn State College of Medicine conduct the full spectrum of cancer research.  This research begins with learning more about how cancer forms and what can be done to either destroy or reprogram cancer cells.

Having a better understanding of how cancer works will help us to develop new, more effective treatments, which we are able to then test by conducting Phase I, II, and III clinical trials. 

The support of Four Diamonds has been critical to development of Penn State Health's nationally and internationally recognized research programs, which are leading the fight to find better treatments and cures for all childhood cancers. 

 

 

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Our Research Consortiums

 

A key factor in our research is the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center’s membership in four national and international research consortiums. Research consortiums allow research scientists and doctors from around the world to combine their efforts to understand the causes of cancer and find more effective treatments for the children we care for.

By sharing our knowledge and discoveries with our partner consortiums, the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Center not only improves treatment for cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital, but also benefits children and their families nationally and globally.

 

CHILDREN'S ONCOLOGY GROUP (COG)

a network of more than 200 leading institutions and 9,000 experts that provide state-of-the-art upfront therapies for many pediatric cancers.

 

 

 

PEDIATRIC BLOOD AND MARROW TRANSPLANT CONSORTIUM (PBMTC)

a network of clinicians and scientists engaged in scientific and educational activities related to the use of hematopoietic stem cells in the treatment of diseases of children and adolescents.

 

 

 

PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY EXPERIMENTAL THERAPEUTICS INVESTIGATORS' CONSORTIUM (POETIC) 

a network of 9 leading academic medical centers, all working together to provide the collaborative and research strength needed to complete intensive Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of novel treatments for cancer that has returned or isn't responding well.

 

 

NEUROBLASTOMA AND MEDULLOBLASTOMA TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (NMTRC)

a network of more than 20 universities and children's hospitals that offer a variety of early phase clinical trials, including one clinical trial using a very novel, individualized approach of determining the treatment plan based upon the unqiue biological properties of the tumor.

 

  

membership in national clinical trials groups, recruitment of world class faculty,
and the resulting research progress
would not be possible without Four Diamonds.

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