Blood and cancer care

At Dell Children's sites of care across Central Texas, we deliver specialized care for children with cancer and blood diseases.

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Pediatric blood and cancer care at Dell Children's

Experienced pediatric oncologists and hematologists at Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Ascension Seton diagnose, manage and treat all types of childhood cancer, blood disorders and bone marrow failure. We are the only children’s cancer center in Central Texas, delivering highly specialized and compassionate care when families need it most. By sharing best practices and the latest in cancer treatment and research – we bring the best of pediatric cancer care to your family.

Multidisciplinary care for your child

At Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center, your child and family have a highly experienced multispecialty team dedicated to your child’s care. Pediatric oncologists and hematologists at Dell Children’s have the expertise to diagnose and treat even the most complex cancers and blood disorders. Your child’s doctor uses advanced testing and imaging to diagnose your child’s condition. Then, a multispecialty team creates a personalized care plan for your child. Your child’s care plan may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.

Listening and compassion are an important part of every appointment. We start with a face-to-face discussion about your child’s personalized care plan, talking through any questions and concerns. Our care teams deliver highly specialized care for childhood cancers and blood disorders, including:

  • Anemia
  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Blood disorders, such as neutropenia or thrombocytopenia
  • Bone tumors
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease and nosebleeds or other bleeding disorders
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Sarcoma and other rare cancers
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thrombophilia, APLS, Factor V Leiden and other clotting disorders
  • Other childhood cancers

A cancer or blood disorder diagnosis can be difficult. We provide supportive, compassionate care to your child and family. From your first appointment, you will have a nurse navigator – helping you schedule appointments and answering your questions – big and small.

Specialty care for cancer and blood diseases

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Hemophilia clinic

Our experienced specialists and care teams diagnose and treat children with bleeding and clotting disorders, such as hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and Factor V Leiden. We are a national hemophilia treatment center. Our multispecialty team of pediatric hematologists, researchers, physical therapists, dentists, social workers and child life specialists work together to deliver personalized care for your child.

Girl talking to a nurse.

Pediatric neuro-oncology clinic

At our pediatric neuro-oncology clinic, our multidisciplinary team of doctors diagnose, treat and care for children with even the most complex brain and spine tumors, working closely with each other to deliver the care that’s right for your child. Our team is prepared to manage any complications related to your child’s brain tumor. And your child and family will be supported by child life specialists, neuropsychologists, oncology dietitians, social workers and more.

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Pediatric sickle cell clinic

Specialists at our sickle cell clinic have the expertise to diagnose and treat babies, children and teens with blood disorders. And when you choose Dell Children’s for your child’s care, your family will have a multispecialty care team that includes hematologists, pulmonologists, vascular specialists, genetic counselors, social workers, researchers and child life specialists.

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Clinical trials

Depending on your child’s diagnosis, your child’s doctor may recommend a clinical trial as part of their care plan. Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center collaborates in multiple national organizations to provide advanced care for patients in Central Texas. We’re part of the Children's Oncology Group, a clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute. This gives your child and family access to some of the most recent clinical trials available. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have questions.

Doctor listening to child's heart.

Pediatric cancer survivorship clinic

Specialists at our cancer survivorship clinic provide follow-up and ongoing care for your child after their cancer treatment plan ends and as they get back to childhood, school and other activities. Having regular follow-up care to help support ongoing healthy habits is important for children who have had cancer. Your child’s care team is here to connect the dots for all their care needs.

A team approach to your child's care

When your child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, they may have appointments with various specialists. Your care navigator works to schedule appointments on the same day to make getting care easier for your family. You’ll see your child’s doctors collaborating and working together. This coordination of care allows your child's doctors to deliver highly personalized care for the whole child. Your child can meet with their doctors, get tests and receive treatment, including chemotherapy and blood transfusions, all on the same campus at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Supportive care for your child and family

Children don’t stop being a child when they are diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder. While your child is getting treatment, they may spend a lot of time in our care. The Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center is designed to be a home away from home. Child life specialists use creative arts — from dance and singing to playtime and social activities — to support your child’s wellness. And if your child is in school, our care teams help them balance their school assignments with their treatments and recovery care. Social workers, psychologists, counselors and palliative care specialists also support and care for your child and family, if you need us.

For a child, we understand that family can be the best medicine of all. Social interactions and having parents, siblings and grandparents close by are important parts of the healing process. You’re encouraged to be as involved in your child’s care as possible.

Tavi's story

While treating Tavi for anemia, our blood and cancer specialists made sure every visit was as light and fun as possible, so he could focus on healing and delight in being a child.

Blood and cancer care