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Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Pediatric hematology-oncology focuses on the treatment of cancers and blood disorders affecting children. At Texas Oncology, we treat children and young adults up to age 21. Childhood cancer is uncommon. In Texas, more than 1,800 children under age 20 are diagnosed with cancer annually. Among those diagnosed with childhood cancer, the following are most common: leukemia, neuroblastoma, brain cancers, lymphomas, Wilms’ tumor, bone cancers, germ cell tumors, rhabdomyosarcoma, and retinoblastoma.

Symptoms of Childhood Cancer

  • An unusual lump or mass
  • Unusual swelling
  • Unexplained paleness
  • Lack of energy
  • Easy bruising
  • Persistent pain in one area of the body
  • Limping
  • Unexplained fever
  • A prolonged illness
  • Frequent headaches, often with vomiting
  • Sudden eye or vision changes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained bleeding or rash

Services and Programs

The clinical team at Texas Oncology Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is committed to finding the right treatment plan for all of our patients and providing a wide range of services and programs.

Conditions Treated

The clinical team at Texas Oncology Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is committed to finding the right treatment plan for all our patients. A list of conditions we treat is below. However, if you do not see your child’s condition in this list, please contact us.
  • Anemia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia
  • Bone tumors and sarcomas
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Congenital immunodeficiencies
  • Hemophilia and coagulation
  • Kidney tumors/Wilms’ tumor
  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Soft tissue sarcomas and rhabdomyosarcomas
  • Stroke and thrombosis

Specialty Programs

We provide a wide range of services and programs for childhood cancer patients. Some of our specialty programs include:
  • Bone marrow and stem cell transplant
  • Cancer screening and cancer predisposition syndromes
  • Celebration clinic and long-term survivorship
  • Clinical trials and research

Patient & Family Resources

  • Oncology Summer Camp
  • Emergency On-Call Services
  • Telemedicine Consultation/Visits

Clinical Care

Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Texas Oncology-Plano Pediatric Hematology-Oncology provides all of our pediatric care. Our team is closely integrated, and each physician is familiar with all aspects of your child’s care.

Weekly pathology review and tumor conferences are a hallmark of our program, giving you the benefit of a team-based approach to your care.

We work closely with your primary care physicians to provide you with the best care possible from diagnosis through survivorship.

Inpatient care for the pediatric program is centered at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas and Children’s Medical Center in Plano, both offer a wide range of pediatric subspecialty services, including pediatric and neonatal intensive care.

We realize we need to communicate with our patients AND their parents. We’re ready to answer any questions you or your child may have – in an age-appropriate manner. Our team also includes child life specialists who help children throughout their treatment and allow them to continue normal growth and development.

Research & Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are not often available for pediatric patients until after their safety and efficacy has been tested in adults. Your child may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial, depending on their age, cancer type, stage of cancer, previous treatments, and general medical history. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, talk with your doctor to determine if a trial is right for your child.

Find Pediatric Clinical Trials.

One research avenue available to our pediatric patients is through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-sponsored cooperative research group. Through this program, children have access to promising new medications and therapies. Texas Oncology-Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is also a member of Be the Match (formerly the National Bone Marrow Donor Program), which affords patients without family members who can serve as donors access to potentially lifesaving transplants from alternative stem cell sources.

Find a Texas Oncology pediatric hematology-oncologist near you.

Telemedicine

Pediatric patients who live outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area may be able to access pediatric cancer and hematology experts via telemedicine, in conjunction with a local Texas Oncology physician in the patient’s community. In some cases, initial consultations and assistance with follow-up care can be done via telemedicine. While this may provide added convenience for out-of-town patients, patients will need to travel to Dallas for treatment. Learn more about telemedicine.