Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
We understand that if your child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder it can be life-changing. That’s why our specialists, pediatricians and family doctors take extra steps to provide you and your family with comfort and support.
We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does. You will be a partner with us in your child’s care.
Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder Care
Bronson Journey Beads Program
Creating a Comforting Environment at the Clinic
Certified hematology and oncology care
If your child needs care, be assured your family will receive a warm, highly personalized team-approach to meet your child’s specific needs. We will evaluate your child for long-term side effects of therapy and provide ongoing support. In some cases, we may need to provide care to patients through adulthood.
Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has been a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) since 1991. COG is a national organization of more than 200 hospitals across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The group designs and conducts National Cancer Institute sponsored clinical trials. Through these trials, cancer doctors and researchers work together to create new treatments and cures.
Aid for hematology and oncology conditions
We understand the importance of providing information and education about your child’s cancer or blood disorder and treatment. We commonly treat children and young adults for:
If your child needs care for a condition not listed here, consult with one of our children's health providers.
Pediatric hematology and oncology treatments
To reduce the stress and discomfort associated with a diagnosis of cancer, every effort is made to treat your child on an outpatient basis. The outpatient oncology clinic has multiple exam rooms and treatment rooms, as well as a general infusion room. A play area is available in the infusion center, and a child life specialist is on hand to help children cope with their fears and emotions, and provide distractions during procedures.
Our child life specialists provide play therapy to help children become more comfortable with tests and procedures. Pet therapy is also present two days a week. The treatments performed in the outpatient oncology clinic include:
- Chemotherapy infusions
- Blood transfusions
- Blood sampling
- Central line maintenance
- Procedures with moderate sedation, including spinal taps, bone marrow aspiration and lumbar punctures
If treatment requires hospitalization, medical care is given by our doctors and coordinated with the staff at Bronson Children’s Hospital.
Your child’s hematology and oncology care team
Our caring staff at Bronson Children’s Hospital provides personalized care that helps your child’s medical, emotional and social needs. This team is led by a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. If your child has cancer, other members of the team may include a surgical specialist or radiation oncologist. Your child and family will also work closely with an experienced oncology-certified pediatric nurse specialist.