Texas Oncology provides specialized pediatric hematology services at Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Our staff of medical professionals offers our patients the most advanced, patient-friendly cancer care available today. Patients at Texas Oncology benefit from our ability to offer leading-edge medical services that are informed by ongoing, innovative research programs. Our support services address the educational, emotional, financial, and nutritional needs of our patients. We deliver all of this with a level of personalized care and convenience accessibility not readily found in major metropolitan facilities.
Description of Services
Our pediatric hematology oncology program has all the resources needed to provide care for your child. Your Texas Oncology pediatric hematology oncology physicians consult with other healthcare providers to develop treatment plans, evaluate progress and determine a child's best options. Your physicians will also connect you and your family with the supportive services for the educational, emotional and financial challenges you may face.
Important facts about Texas Oncology Pediatric Hematology-Oncology:
- We are a Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Member Institution. We are experts in pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation. Our transplant program has been accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 2004. We provide cord blood transplants, and access to pediatric clinical nurse specialists, child life specialists, and pediatric social services.
Information about Pediatric Oncology
Pediatric hematology and oncology refers to the study and treatment of children with cancer and blood disorders. Various types of cancer can affect children, including but not limited to leukemia, neuroblastoma, brain cancers, lymphomas, Wilms’, bone cancers, germ cell tumors, rhabdomyosarcoma, and retinoblastoma. Blood problems include hemophilia and other clotting disorders, sickle cell disease, and anemia.
Causes of childhood cancer can include both environmental and hereditary components, and are under active investigation.
Signs of childhood cancer include continued, unexplained weight loss, headaches, swelling or pain in the bones, lumps, development of excessive bruising, constant infections, a whitish color behind the pupil, nausea, constant fatigue, eye or vision changes, and recurrent fevers.
The odds of a child getting cancer are small. Only about 1 in 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19. While it is unlikely that your child will get cancer, it is important to be vigilant about symptoms of cancer in your child. Of course, diagnosis should be left to a trained pediatrician. If you feel your doctor may be in error regarding any diagnosis, it is important to trust your intuition and get a second opinion.
Research & Clinical Trials
As a Texas Oncology pediatrics patient, you may have the opportunity to receive newly-developed treatments or experimental drugs through participation in research studies and clinical trials. These treatment studies are designed to maximize successful outcomes and care, and evaluate new cancer treatments. The study protocols test the safety and efficacy of new or modified standard treatments in pediatric cancer patients using various combinations of therapeutic medications. Participation in these trials is voluntary and dependent on numerous factors relating to your child’s health and the trials currently being offered.
One of the research avenues available to patients in the Texas Oncology Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program, is through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-sponsored cooperative research group. Through this program, children are offered state-of-the-art therapy and promising new medications. Texas Oncology Pediatrics is also a member of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which affords patients without family members who can serve as donors access to potentially lifesaving transplants from alternative stem cell sources. The Stem Cell Transplant program is fully accredited by the Federation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
Inpatient care for the pediatric program is centered at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. It offers a wide range of pediatric subspecialty services, as well as pediatric and neonatal intensive care.
Texas Oncology pediatrics at Medical City actively participates in on-going clinical trials that encompass the latest in cancer treatment for children. If you are interested in exploring these options, please talk with your physician. This is the most qualified person to help you make such decisions. An oncologist can also help to connect you with programs most appropriate for your condition and goals. You may also contact our program directly.
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