Stony Brook's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team has been at the forefront of the multidisciplinary team approach to cancer. With the highest patient satisfaction scores at the Medical Center, it has become a model for other departments. Since the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program began in 1991, the team has treated more than 500 children with malignant tumors. In addition, more than 50 percent of the children in Suffolk County with childhood tumors were treated at Stony Brook, two-thirds of whom were enrolled in clinical trials and other investigational therapies.
Stony Brook's rate of clinical trial participation is equal to or greater than the national rate, and its disease-specific cure rates remain at or above the national benchmarks for major childhood cancers such as acute leukemia, brain tumors, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumors of the kidney, and bone and soft tissue sarcomas.