All the blood and cancer care your child needs, right here in Central Texas
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Pediatric oncologists and hematologists at Dell Children's - Children's Blood and Cancer Center Specialty Pavilion delivers care for children with cancer and blood disorders, including:
- Blood disorders, such as neutropenia or thrombocytopenia
- Bone tumors
- Brain and spine tumors
- Kidney cancer
- Leukemia and lymphoma
- Sickle cell disease
- Other childhood cancers
At Dell Children's - Children's Blood and Cancer Center Specialty Pavilion, you’ll find an experienced pediatric care team. By sharing best practices and the latest in cancer treatment and research – we bring the best of pediatric cancer care to your family.
Advanced treatment options
When you choose Dell Children’s, your child and family are connected to advanced treatment options at Dell Children’s Medical Center, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, clinical trials and more.
Surgery: Surgery may be recommended as part of your child’s care plan to remove a cancerous tumor and the surrounding tissues. Whenever possible, pediatric surgeons use minimally invasive procedures. Minimally invasive surgical techniques use small incisions and may help shorten their recovery. We understand surgery can feel scary for your child and your family. Your child’s care team takes the time to explain the procedure and answer your questions. We also help you and your child understand what to expect before, during and after surgery.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a medication that helps destroy or stop the growth of cancer cells. Your child’s care team explains the type of chemotherapy your child is taking and discusses any side effects. During treatment, your child’s care team monitors them for new or changing side effects and helps your child feel as comfortable as possible.
Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-powered X-rays to target and destroy cancer cells. This treatment may be given before surgery or chemotherapy to help reduce the size of cancer tumors. Before treatment, your child’s care team explains what to expect and helps your child stay comfortable during treatment. And your child’s doctor works closely with you and your child’s care team to monitor for side effects.
Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy stimulates your child’s immune system to help destroy cancer cells. This treatment can also help control side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Clinical trials: Your child’s doctor may recommend a clinical trial as part of their care plan. Clinical trials may provide more options for treatment, especially when cancer is not responding to traditional treatments.
Designed for children and families
Children may need to spend a lot of time in our cancer center — so we designed it to be a home away from home. Child life specialists help make sure your child gets time to play, study and socialize with other kids. We also have comfortable spaces for your family to spend time together.
Along the way, your child’s care may require imaging, lab testing, pharmacy or other specialists – you do not have to navigate their care alone. Your child’s care team will help you schedule appointments, connect with other services and support groups, and answer your questions.
The inpatient unit on 4 North has 24 private rooms, a playroom, teen activity room and family lounge. Your child may be admitted for inpatient care if they need.
- Acute care for an illness
- Chemotherapy infusions
- Diagnostic tests
Office appointments with your doctor and care team have age-appropriate chemo-infusion therapy areas within the clinic for your child’s comfort and interests. Other activity areas include the art room, family consultation rooms, and a family kitchen.
The Ascension Texas Child Study Center and embedded behavioral clinic is a collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and The University of Texas at Austin Educational Psychology Program. The clinic provides mental health services that support your child’s overall cancer care plan, including:
- Neuropsychological testing
- Individualized school services and counseling.
The embedded behavioral clinic team focuses on helping your child balance cancer survivorship with daily growth and development challenges from learning new things to socializing. The behavioral health specialists at this clinic help our young patients learn how to become stronger both physically and emotionally. Our approach may also help improve your child’s school performance before, during and after cancer treatments. The embedded behavioral clinic provides an extra measure of cancer treatment and care that helps our patients thrive.