Our clinic is staffed by three pediatric hematologist/oncologists, three nurses, and two nurse practitioners. Our patients have 24-hour-a-day access to the physicians by telephone.
Diseases we typically treat include various types of anemias including sickle cell disease, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and ITP, and all types of childhood cancers such as leukemias, lymphomas and brain tumors.
Our patients have access to clinical trials through the National Institutes of Health for diseases like sickle cell anemia and through Children's Oncology Group for various cancers. Children's Oncology Group is a nationwide co-operative organization for researching the best treatment options for children with cancer.
Radiation therapy is available at the state-of-the-art USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, located near both our new clinic in the USA Health Strada Patient Care Center and USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Some of the procedures performed by our physicians include bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, lumbar puncture with intrathecal chemotherapy, and blood products transfusions.
Most of the cancer chemotherapy is provided inpatient at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, while all transfusions, procedures and certain chemotherapy are performed on an outpatient basis in our special USS Hope, dedicated to making children feel at home while receiving IV therapy. The USS Hope is located inside USA Children's & Women's Hospital. It provides a child-friendly environment with an aquatic theme, including a large comfy recliner for the child to sit in. Children have access to their own personal computer with internet access and cable television, for use during their treatment sessions.
We also have a Hemophilia Treatment Center established at the CRS (Children's Rehabilitation Services) clinic. The clinic provides services to pediatric and adult patients with hemophilia and other rare coagulation disorders such as Von Willibrand Disease, etc. The clinic is conducted once every other month and is attended simultaneously by a pediatric hematologist, physical therapist, nutritionist and social worker to provide comprehensive care to these patients.
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