Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

What conditions do you treat?

The hematology/oncology specialists provide diagnostic, therapeutic and comprehensive care services for infants, children and adolescents with blood disorders and malignancies. Diagnosis and treatment of the red blood cell and hemoglobin abnormalities of hemostatic disorders and leukocyte disorders are available.

What services do you offer?

Special procedures available include bone marrow aspirates and biopsies; laboratory evaluation of bleeding and thrombotic disorders; lumbar punctures; platelet aggregation and vonWillebrand factor analysis; and exchange transfusions.

Who will care for my child?

In addition to your child's physician, resident physicians, nurses, medical assistants, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians, child life specialists and their assistants, lab technicians, X-ray technicians, and other support personnel. The center also utilizes a primary nursing model which offers a very personalized approach to patient care.

May I care for my child myself as I do at home?

Before giving your child any food, please check with the nurse; your doctor may have ordered special dietary instructions.

Where can I get something to eat?

Bag lunches, snacks and drinks are provided for patients. Parents, families and visitors may eat in the KD Café on the first floor or visit our vending areas on the first and fourth floors. Microwave and toaster ovens are available in this area as well as on our unit. You may also have take-out food delivered until 8 p.m. After that time, you will have to go to the lobby to receive delivered food.

Is there a place where my child can play?

The center maintains a video game and movie area with many TVs. There is an area for arts and crafts and a play area with age appropriate toys. There are also activities for children that must be treated in an isolation room.

Will someone help me understand my child’s condition and his treatment?

Education is a big focus on our unit. Teaching will begin as soon as you get settled. It is a gradual, on-going process. We begin by orienting you and your child to the environment and then covering educational needs that are important to your child’s care on a continual basis. We encourage parents to participate in addressing the educational needs of their child.

How do you minimize the risk of infection during treatment?

At times during treatment, children have little resistance against infection. When this happens, they may be placed on "isolation precautions" for a particular infection. The center is contains two positive and one negative pressure isolation rooms which are used to protect patients, families and staff from infections. Hand-washing is also a good way to protect you and your child. Hands must be washed before and after each contact. These precautions attempt to decrease the chance of the infection spreading to other children on the unit, as well as staff and families.