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Levine Children’s Hospital is home to the Isabella Santos Foundation MIBG Therapy Suite, one of the only MIBG treatment rooms in the region.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Isabella Santos Foundation, who made this state-of-the-art room possible, your family has yet another way to find the cancer care you need, without traveling far.

MIBG Therapy: What Is It, and Who’s It For?

Using a compound called metaiodobenzylguanidine, MIBG treatment is a highly targeted radiation therapy. Given through an infusion, it can work to effectively kill cancer cells in patients battling neuroendocrine cancers.

Patients who qualify for MIBG therapy are:

  • Between 1 year and 26 years in age
  • Diagnosed with cancer affecting the endocrine system, including neuroblastoma, paraganglioma and pheochromocytoma

What’s Unique About Our MIBG Therapy Suite?

The Isabella Santos Foundation MIBG Therapy Suite is at Levine Children’s Hospital. Offering groundbreaking clinical trials and advanced treatments, LCH is named one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals for pediatric cancer care by U.S. News & World Report.

At our MIBG therapy suite, each child’s treatment is tailored to them. From providing care packages with all your child’s favorite things to letting them pick their bedsheets, we help your child feel as at home as possible.

In addition to top-ranked and tailored care, we know you want to be close to your child when they receive any treatment. One of the things that makes our MIBG suite unique is that it has two rooms – a treatment room for your child and an adjoining room for you. This way, you’ll always be nearby to make sure your child feels safe and comfortable throughout their stay.

And if you need help with travel costs, just let us know and we’ll see if you qualify.

MIBG Therapy: What to Expect

Find answers to some of the most common questions about MIBG therapy.

How long will my child stay at the hospital?

Your child will be admitted about 24 hours before their MIBG infusion. After the infusion is given, your child will stay until their radiation levels are low enough, and it’s safe for them to leave the hospital.

Typically, patients stay in the hospital for 4 to 7 days total, but this can vary based on dose and age.

How will treatment affect my child?

The good news is MIBG therapy typically has little to no side effects. Occasionally, patients experience nausea or high blood pressure, but these are easily treated and won’t be long-lasting.

The most common side effect of MIBG therapy is low blood counts, which is also treatable and can occur within 2 to 3 weeks of the therapy. The second most common side effect is boredom, which is why we offer lots of activities, video games, movies and other distractions to make their time here a little bit easier.

How do you monitor radiation levels and minimize exposure?

Safety is our top priority, and we track radiation exposure daily. Each MIBG patient receives IV fluids that help get rid of the radiation, and our MIBG room is lined with lead to protect caregivers, staff and other patients from exposure.

Your Child’s MIBG Care Team

These are just a few of the teammates who care for your child before, during and after their treatment at the MIBG therapy suite.

Lead MIBG Physician

Our lead physician oversees the MIBG program at Levine Children’s Hospital and monitors every part of your child’s treatment. You’ll meet with them every step of the way, from the first consultation, to your child’s stay at the hospital, and throughout their follow-up care.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

You can count on your child’s nurse practitioner to stand by your family’s side throughout the entire process. They’ll help you set up appointments, prescribe medications, coordinate care after therapy and perform physicals as needed.

Pediatric Psychologists

Treating cancer can be mentally challenging, as well as physically challenging. Our pediatric psychologists are here to provide your child and family with the emotional support you need along the way.

Pediatric Social Workers

Advanced cancer care can be both stressful and demanding for the entire family. Our pediatric social workers help understand your family’s needs and the barriers you might be facing, and they ensure you have access to additional resources and support.

Child Life Specialists

At the end of the day, your child is still a child. Our child life specialists are trained to provide social and emotional support just for kids in the hospital. They help explain what’s going on in a way your child can understand and make sure your child feels as safe and in control as possible.

Contact Us

To learn more or refer a patient, please email us at or call 704-381-9342.