The mission of our Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team is to provide the finest, most compassionate care to children suffering from childhood cancers and blood disorders. Staffing top pediatric specialists, using the latest kid-friendly expertise and making innovative strides in pediatric research, we dedicate ourselves to the health and well-being of our patients
Because childhood cancers and blood disorders are so rare, most young patients are referred to specialized centers for their treatment. The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology specialists here at UF Health Shands Hospital diagnose and treat childhood blood disorders and cancers using a multidisciplinary approach that includes medical, surgical, and radiotherapies. We have a wide variety of medical specialties with the skills needed to identify and care for these children using state-of-the-art technologies. Today, nearly 80 percent of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.
UF Health Shands Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department is an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). This group represents the merger of four national pediatric cancer research groups, which designs and evaluates cancer therapies through large clinical trials. Our patients receive cutting edge therapies based on nationally approved research protocols. As a member hospital of COG, we have contributed to these impressive progressions in childhood cancer survival and cure.
The pediatric cancer program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Our Clinical Services
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow where blood cells are made. Lymphomas are also a cancer of the blood, but they do not start in the bone marrow.
Brain TumorsOne out of every six (6) childhood cancer diagnosis is a brain tumor, and in fact brain and spinal cord tumors are the most common solid tumors of childhood.
The Pediatric Solid Tumor Program at UF Health treats children and teens with a variety of solid malignancies, from bone and soft-tissue tumors to liver, adrenal and kidney tumors.
The UF Health Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program offers novel treatments to patients with high-risk malignancies, immunological disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes that are not available anywhere else in this region.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) and hemophilia and some other blood disorders are severe, lifelong and presently incurable diseases.
Hemophilia is probably the most well known disorder of bleeding. It is characterized by the fact that severe symptoms of bleeding only occur in boys, but it is passed on in families through women.
Pediatric cancer treatment is a major testament to what can be achieved trough modern medicine. The diagnosis of a pediatric cancer has gone from what was commonly considered a death sentence to the current time when almost every childhood cancer is considered curable.
Here at UF Health we carefully evaluate each person as a whole and unique individual, then develop a comprehensive treatment plan based on the patient’s goals of care to relieve physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.
At the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program we treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being in all aspects of life.
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The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Family Support Fund was created by the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology care team to help support families of children undergoing brain tumor treatment at UF Health. These treatments often require lengthy hospital admissions and numerous outpatient appointments that stretch over the course of several months to years depending on the specific type of brain cancer.
Your contribution will support care needs for pediatric bone marrow transplant patients.
The economic impact of pediatric cancer on families is significant at all income levels. Families acquire direct costs such as insurance payments, co-pays, medications, as well as additional out-of-pocket costs that directly affect patient access to care such as travel, lodging, food, etc. Families also endure financial burden through socioeconomic factors such as work interruption and/or unemployment, lifestyle changes, and decrease in household income. An oncology diagnosis will also disrupt family functioning, and families often fail to have the emotional or financial ability to secure resources independently. This fund will assist with a myriad of family support needs as identified by the pediatric oncology service.