Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinical Programs

The pediatric neuro-oncology clinic is the only one of its kind in Connecticut dedicated to treating brain tumors. Patients receive care from pediatric oncologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists and social workers, with extensive expertise in treating these types of complex cancers. We participate in national clinical trials and develop trials for more experimental therapies through brain tumor consortiums.

The pediatric blood and marrow transplantation program offers bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants. Children are cared for by a highly trained medical team that understands the application of research-based therapies and the care needed for pediatric patients undergoing transplantation.

Our team of specialists in pediatric hematology manages a wide range of congenital and acquired bleeding and clotting disorders through disease-specific programs. They include:

The pediatric hemostasis and hemophilia clinic is a federally designated hemophilia treatment center with over 28 years of experience caring for those with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and rare bleeding disorders. Patients and families have access to a multidisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses and social workers who treat the whole child throughout their life and works closely with pediatric dentistry and physical therapy when patients need their care.

Pediatric sickle cell and thalassemia diseases are managed by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified pediatric hematologists, nurse practitioners, a psychologist, pediatric pain specialists and social workers who treat and manage sickle cell disease and thalassemia in infants, children and adolescents. The care team works closely with their adult hematology colleagues to ensure a smooth transition from pediatric to adult care.

The pediatric tumor program offers comprehensive care to children with a wide variety of tumors, including bone and soft-tissue sarcomas, liver and kidney tumors, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and other rare tumors. Care is delivered by a team of pediatric and radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses and social workers.

The HEROS Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors is the first cancer survivor clinic in Connecticut and one of the first in the United States. Established in 2003, the HEROS Clinic provides individualized screening for children, adolescents and adults for late complications of past chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Problems can include hormone deficiencies, decreased heart function, decreased bone mineral density, learning problems, and the development of new cancers. Fortunately, most late effects can be prevented or improved by early detection.

Patients are eligible for HEROS if they were diagnosed with a cancer condition under the age of 21 and are off-therapy.

The adolescent young adult oncology program is exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults, ages 13 and up. Integrating the resources of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, patients receive coordinated care, including fertility counseling, education, insurance, and social and emotional support.