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If your child has been diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, you want the best treatment options from the best doctors in the field. We are the most advanced and comprehensive pediatric center in our region, treating children who have all types of childhood cancers and blood disorders. We will provide your child with the most effective treatments available.
At the University of Vermont Children's Hospital, our pediatric hematology and oncology team have specialized training in treating and caring for children and adolescents. We offer you access to the latest treatments and services backed by scientific research.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology: Our Approach
We are proud to provide the children and adolescents in our region with a family-centered, multi-specialty approach to diagnosis and treatment.
- Advanced training: Our board-certified pediatric hematologist oncologist physicians, nurse practitioners and certified pediatric nurses have all received advanced training in their fields. This expert team provides the most up-to-date treatments, tailored for your child’s specific needs.
- Access to innovative treatments and clinical trials: We are a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), an international research organization affiliated with the National Cancer Institute. This organization is dedicated to developing new treatments and cures for cancers that affect children. Our membership gives us access to the most current treatments available and participation in clinical trials of new and innovative treatments. We offer you access to the best options nationally and internationally.
- Compassionate and personalized care: We treat every child and family as if they were members of our own family. We work tirelessly to help children and their families find strength and hope throughout the course of illness.
Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders We Treat
Our pediatric hematologist oncologists treat every type of childhood cancer and blood disorder. We offer treatments for:
- Brain tumors
- Sarcoma (cancerous tumors involving the bones and soft tissues)
- Lymphoma(Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Germ cell tumors
- Histiocytic disorders
- Hemoglobinopathies (including sickle cell anemia and thalassemia)
- Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders
- Thrombosis and stroke
- Aplastic anemia/bone marrow failure
- Immune thrombocytopenia
- Hemolytic anemias
Childhood Illness: Advantages and Benefits We Offer
Our specialists use advanced medical techniques to provide your child with the most effective and appropriate treatments available. The advantages of treatment at UVM Medical Center include:
- Advanced diagnostic imaging: Our expert pediatric radiologists use advanced imaging technologies, resulting in a quicker and more precise diagnosis for you. The more precise the diagnosis, the more specific and tailored the treatment we can offer.
- Expert pathology services: We have specialized anatomic and clinical pathologists and an on-site molecular diagnostics laboratory. This high level of specialization means we can test tissue samples for cancerous cells and identify genetic markers in tumor cells. We can use this information to better diagnose cancers and choose medications and strategies to target them more effectively. Learn more about our pathology services.
- Transfusion services: Some treatments for cancer and blood disorders require blood transfusions from donors to help the patient recover from the effects of chemotherapy. Our caring and supportive transfusion nurses make the transfusion as comfortable as possible.
- Coordinated specialized care: We work with other pediatric specialists, including our pediatric intensive care and pediatric surgery teams, to provide the most comprehensive pediatric care in our region.
- Palliative care: We have a comprehensive palliative care program that provides advanced symptom management and pain control for our young patients.
- Cancer survivorship program: Our team follows up with patients after cancer treatments have ended to make sure they remain cancer free.
Support & Resources
Our team is committed to family-centered care. We provide a wide-range of support resources for our young patients, their parents and siblings. From diagnosis through treatment, we will identify and support your child’s developmental, psychological and social needs.
- Social worker: We have a dedicated social worker who is an integral part of your child’s treatment team, providing individualized care to your child and family. Services include communication and coordination with schools to better serve your child, helping families access resources for financial assistance, transportation and housing.
- Counseling: We provide pediatric psychology services for you, your family and your child. We can help you manage the stress of illness and treatment.
- Child Life program: Our highly skilled Certified Child Life Specialists work with your child and your child's siblings to cope with the many unique medical interactions, medical procedures and physical changes that often come with a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis. Find out more about our Child Life program.