St. Jude Admission Policy


Mission: The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , located in Memphis , Tennessee , is to find cures for catastrophic childhood diseases through research and treatment.

Patient Admission: Admission is based on the patient's eligibility for an ongoing treatment study, regardless of a patient's race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality or ability to pay. Parents wishing to have their child treated at St. Jude must have the child's referring physician contact St. Jude.

Since the hospital is a research center, every child admitted is enrolled in a specific study or "protocol." Information gathered from these studies is used in developing better treatments. Protocol-based therapy has led to improved cure rates for potentially fatal pediatric diseases.

Requirements: The diagnosis must be a disease under study at St. Jude. In general, the child should be between birth and 18 years of age to be eligible for treatment. Children may be accepted for diagnostic surgery if they have a presumptive diagnosis of cancer.

Final acceptance occurs when the patient is deemed eligible and is enrolled on a protocol. St. Jude reserves the right to refer any patients who do not meet the eligibility criteria back to their initial physician. The St. Jude physician in charge of the treatment study or the Chief Medical Officer will determine the patient's eligibility.

Diseases: Cancer, blood diseases, genetic syndromes, infectious treated diseases and immunodeficiency disorders are among the diseases treated and studied at St. Jude. Specific conditions include: leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors, sickle cell disease, osteogenesis imperfecta and AIDS.

Financial: Patients are accepted for treatment at St. Jude based responsibility on their eligibility for treatment protocols. No children are turned away because of their parents' inability to pay.

ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities) covers all costs of treatment and supportive care beyond those reimbursed by third party insurers. When no insurance is available, all treatment costs are covered. ALSAC also provides travel expenses for the patient and one parent and assistance with local living expenses (housing and meals).