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Hematology (Blood Disorders)

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If your child is diagnosed with a pediatric blood disorder, Nemours’ pediatric hematology experts are here to help. Our board-certified hematologists (pediatric hematology doctors who specialize in conditions of the blood) evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of blood disorders in children, including sickle cell anemia.

 
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Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the blood disorder. In addition to specialized treatments, we offer complementary therapies to help minimize your child’s fears about what’s to come next. Our highly-trained team of doctors, pediatric hematology nurses, social workers, psychologists, and others on your child’s care team will help guide you throughout your child’s treatments.

Lancaster

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Lancaster

2128 Embassy Drive, Suite A
Lancaster, PA 17603
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (717) 481-8771

Hours: Hours vary; please call
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

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Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Camps for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Hole in the Wall Gang Camp – founded by Paul Newman, and located in Ashford, CT, the year-round free camp is open to children with cancer or blood disorders between the ages of 7 and 15 and their siblings.
  • Camp Sunshine – Located in South Casco, ME, this free camp for families is designed to provide respite, professional counseling, and recreational opportunities to families facing the physical, emotional, and financial strain of a child with a critical illness.
Cancer Information for Families

When your child is diagnosed with a blood disorder, it’s reassuring to know you can find expert care for your child close to home. At Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Lancaster, children with blood disorders are seen and cared for by one of our board-certified pediatric hematology doctors from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

This expert offers an extension of our care once a month to children with all types of blood disorders (including sickle cell disease and bone marrow failure), providing initial consultation and convenient follow-up visits.

If your child needs inpatient treatment (a hospital stay) for a blood disorder, our specialist will care for your child at duPont Hospital for Children.

 

 
About Blood Disorders
Blood disorders are diseases of the blood including:
  • red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues
  • white blood cells, which help your child’s body to fight infections
  • platelets, which work to help your child’s blood clot properly
  • clotting factors, proteins found in blood that help stop bleeding after a cut or surgery
Types of Red Blood Diseases We Treat
  • Iron-deficiency anemia: low iron levels that lead to decreased hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen through the blood to all parts of the body 
  • G6PD deficiency (also called RBC enzyme abnormalities): an inherited condition in which a child lacks an enzyme that protects red blood cells
  • Hemolytic anemias: the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells
  • Sickle cell disease: a common inherited disorder caused when the red blood cells become sticky and oddly shaped
  • Thalassemia (Cooley’s anemia): a genetic condition in which one of the two proteins that help make up hemoglobin in red blood cells is lacking
  • Neutropenia: caused by a decreased amount of white blood cells that may be caused by disease or chemotherapy treatment
  • Anemia: due to a chronic condition such as kidney disease, cancer, or lead poisoning    
Types of White Blood Cell Diseases We Treat
  • Neutropenia: a condition caused by a decrease of white blood cells, as a result of disease or chemotherapy treatment
  • Leukemia: a cancer of the blood that develops in the spongy center of some bones (called the bone marrow)
  • Lymphoma: a blood cancer that develops in your child’s lymph system and includes two types: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome: blood cancer affecting the bone marrow
Types of Platelets Diseases We Treat
  • Thrombocytopenia: a condition caused by too few platelets and results in abnormal bleeding
  • Thrombocytosis: a condition caused by too many platelets, which can lead to clots in the blood vessels
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: caused by a low number of platelets that results in abnormal bruising and bleeding
 
Caring For Children With Hemophilia

We may know how to treat your child’s condition, but no one knows your child better than you. That’s why we want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process for your child’s treatment. We’ll explain every step in easily understandable terms, present all options (including alternative methods), and invite your input.

Whatever you’re facing, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.