How are pediatric blood disorders treated?
Treatment and management of blood disorders often involves numerous specialists and other professionals, including pediatricians, oncologists, surgeons and radiation specialists, as well as nurses, dietitians, therapists and social workers. Our team will create a treatment plan based on:
- Your child’s specific disorder
- Your child’s age and overall health
- How well your child can tolerate medicines and procedures
- How long the condition is expected
Treatment methods can vary widely by disorder. For instance, anemia may be treated with vitamin and mineral supplements, diet changes, medication, blood transfusions, surgery to remove the spleen, antibiotics or a bone marrow transplant. Hemophilia may be treated with special medications to raise the clotting factor in the blood.
Because treatment can be confusing and stressful for children, our child life specialists are on hand to answer questions and help ease anxiety.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.
Pediatric Support Services
Our Pediatric Support Center team addresses the social and emotional needs of your child and provides support to the whole family, including siblings. We provide a compassionate environment, engaging activities and a range of complementary therapies to make sure your child remains psychologically healthy during the treatment process and beyond.
Miami Cancer Institute designed a space where kids can receive the necessary treatments while being immersed in a technological experience that positively affects their outcomes. The Infusionarium uses virtual reality and live feeds to connect patients to an experience that can help ease the effects of chemotherapy.