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The Florida Hospital for Children treats a wide range of hematology and oncology disorders, many which only affect children and young adults. Following are just a few of the conditions we treat every day at the hospital:
A form of blood or bone marrow cancer, leukemia must be tackled aggressively on multiple fronts by an experienced team of specialists. Our goal is to not only destroy diseased cells but also keep them from spreading to other parts of the body. Through the measured use of radiation, chemotherapy and possibly even bone marrow transplantation, our pediatric cancer experts will do everything in their power to bring leukemia under control, neutralize it and hopefully keep it from ever returning (remission).
Attacking the lymphatic system that can be found throughout the body, this is the third most common form of pediatric cancer. It falls into two main categories: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Specialists at our hospital use the latest chemotherapy and radiation treatments to tackle this form of cancer, which has greatly improved survival rates.
No two tumors are exactly the same, but our team of highly experienced pediatric neurosurgeons, neurologists and oncologists work together to assess the situation and devise the most effective course of action, ranging from surgery to remove the tumor to chemotherapy or radiation therapy to stunt its growth or eliminate it entirely.
Thanks to advances in treating solid tumors using a multi-treatment approach, this form of pediatric cancer, which includes neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma, has greatly improved outcomes. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, either individually or in combination.
Bleeding and Coagulation Disorders
Bleeding and coagulation disorders can range from mild to very serious cases and include hemophilia, where the body lacks the necessary agents to promote clotting and stop a bleed. Florida Hospital for Children is well versed in assessing these disorders and overseeing a regimen of care that reduces the frequency of symptoms, decreases the severity of bleeds and employs clotting agents to stop bleeds when they do occur.
When your body doesn’t produce sufficient quantities of red blood cells or hemoglobin levels are too low, your child may be diagnosed with anemia. Often this is a symptom of another disease, but doctors at the Florida Hospital for Children will work with you and your child to diagnose the condition and make recommendations for increasing your child’s ability to store iron and produce more red cells.
Afflicting a small number of children, sickle-cell anemia is characterized by its sickle-shaped hemoglobin that tends to cluster together in the bloodstream rather than flow freely. The hematology specialists at our hospital are experienced in combating the disease on many fronts, including the use of hydroxyurea, blood transfusions or even bone marrow transplantation, which is the only cure currently for the disease.
Passed from parent to child, thalassemia prevents the body from creating enough red blood cells and hemoglobin, robbing the body of oxygen. The hematology team at Florida Hospital for Children can accurately diagnosis the severity of the condition and help you make an informed decision about treatment, which can include blood transfusions or a bone marrow transplant, which can be done right here at the hospital in the region’s only bone marrow transplant program.
Our hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant program is continually examining new methods, medications and technologies to treat children with serious blood and cancer diseases, including clinical trials. If your child has a disorder, you may want to ask about current clinical trials, which are experimental therapies that haven’t yet been approved for general use, but may offer you and your child additional hope.