Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders

Compassionate Pediatric Cancer Care

At The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, we have a compassionate team of doctors experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of children with all types of cancer and blood disorders. As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, we have access to the safest and most effective evidence-based treatments available.

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Oncology Program

Two young girls hugging each otherAs a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center participates in the world’s largest international consortium of childhood cancer specialists. Through this affiliation, we offer each child access to the safest and most effective treatments for cancer and blood disorders.

Thanks to evidence-based research, improved treatment plans have been developed specifically for children. As a result, life expectancy of children diagnosed with cancer has improved significantly since the 1970s. According to the National Cancer Institute, 85% of children with cancer now survive five years or more following their cancer diagnosis.  

Hematology

An adolescent boy smilingOur comprehensive hematology program is available to evaluate and assist in the management of illnesses spanning the spectrum of blood disorders including: immune thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia, hemoglobinopathies, anemias related to nutritional deficiencies, sickle cell disease and marrow failure syndromes such as aplastic anemia and Fanconi anemia.

Blood & Marrow Transplant

A teenage girl smilingThe specialists at the Blood & Marrow Transplant Center at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio provide the utmost in individualized patient- and family-centered care for pediatric and young adult blood and marrow transplant patients. 

Cancer Genetics 

A young toddler smilingOur cancer genetics program offers comprehensive genetic evaluation to individuals and families with an increased risk of cancer. Typically, we see families with genetic factors or other conditions that lead to the development of leukemia. In addition, genetic counseling and genetic testing are provided when recommended.

Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

Once you have completed your treatment for childhood cancer or histiocytic disease, it’s time for you to SHINE On! The SHINE On Program empowers childhood cancer survivors and their families to learn all about their diagnosis and treatment. By knowing more about potential long-term side effects of treatment, you can get additional medical treatment and the care you need. 

SHINE On helps families build healthy living principles while they are surrounded by positive encouragement from our team. 

Our multidisciplinary team includes a pediatric oncologist, nurse coordinator, social worker, and educator. You will have access to doctors in the following pediatric subspecialty areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Psychology
  • Neuropsychology

The comprehensive visit will include physical and emotional screening, laboratory evaluation, and diagnostic tests. To schedule a survivorship visit or learn more about SHINE On, please call 210-704-2187.

 

Pediatric Cancer Conditions We Treat

Tumors & Cancer Conditions

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We treat infants, children and teens with the following types of cancer:
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bone tumors  
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors Germ cell tumors
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Kidney tumors 
  • Liver tumors
  • Neuroblastoma Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sarcoma Spinal tumors  
  • Thyroid cancer

Blood Disorders

  • Aplastic anemia 
  • Congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
  • Cyclic neutropenia
  • Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA) 
  • Dyskeratosis congenita (DKC)  
  • GATA2 deficiency
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Severe congenital neutropenia (also called Kostmann disease)
  • Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS)  
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemostasis disorders
  • Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • Platelet dysfunction
  • Thrombocytopenia, congenital or acquired
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombophilia
  • Thrombosis
  • Von Willebrand disease

White Blood Cells

  • Langerhans cell histiocytosis 
  • Neutropenia 

Red Blood Cells

  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Chronic anemiaG6PD deficiency
  • Hemoglobin E or E beta thalassemia
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Hereditary spherocytosis 
  • Hypoproliferative anemiaIron-deficiency anemia 
  • Pyruvate kinase deficiency
  • Sickle Cell Disease

Dedicated to the prevention of complications in children living with sickle cell disease and sickle cell related disorders in South Texas, the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center provides high quality comprehensive care, including genetic counseling for hemoglobinopathy identified by newborn screening; comprehensive annual evaluations offering education about pain, infections, and pulmonary complications; Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound to identify patients at risk for stroke; hydroxyurea management; and optimal medical management. Management and treatment of sickle cell disease focuses on minimizing complications with regular physician visits and annual comprehensive screening for asthma, stroke, and iron. 

  • Thalassemia  (alpha and beta types)
  • Transient erythroblastopenia of childhood (TEC)