Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders


The Peckham Center is the largest pediatric Hematology/Oncology program in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties.  The Center is also the region’s only facility for pediatric bone marrow and blood cell transplantation. It ranks among the nation's top pediatric cancer programs according to U.S. News & World Report.


The Peckham Center's Hematology/Oncology patient load has grown 55% in the last decade. Last year alone:

  • 200 children were newly diagnosed with cancer.
  • 375 cancer patients received active therapy.
  • 500 cancer patients needed long-term follow-up care.
  • 260 patients were treated for bleeding and clotting disorders.
  • 238 patients were treated for other hematologic disorders.
  • In total, there were more than 15,000 cancer related visits in 2011.
  • And, despite their parents’ employment, more than 50 percent of the children who come each year to Rady Children's have little or no private medical insurance.


A new and expanded Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s opened in Fall 2010, with substantially enlarged facilities to meet the growing need for comprehensive pediatric cancer care.  It features state of the art treatment and procedure rooms, 12 outpatient exam rooms, and an additional 38 private rooms with advanced air filtering equipment to meet the needs of fragile patients. 


At the Peckham Center, cancer is the most frequent diagnosis, but patients are also treated for blood disorders such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease and von Willebrand’s disease. Although these are less familiar, they are equally frightening and life-altering.


The staff at the Peckham Center includes 11 hematologists and oncologists, two nurse practitioners, 90 registered nurses, six nurse case managers, one educator and two full-time translators. The psycho-social team, which is supported by proceeds from the Celebration of Champions®, consists of two psychologists (one bilingual), six psychology interns, four social workers, three child life specialists and two parent liaisons. During a typical 12-hour shift in the Peckham Center, a few battles are lost, some end in a draw, but many others are won.


San Diegans are very fortunate to have a state-of-the-art cancer facility and a dedicated and caring cancer care staff to respond to our children’s needs.