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Leukemia

Nemours pediatric hematologists-oncologists offer compassionate care for treating leukemia in children.

If you’ve just learned your child may have leukemia, you want the very best treatment and care possible. At Nemours, our pediatric cancer specialists offer compassionate and comprehensive care, hope, and healing, to help treat leukemia in children. We’ll guide your family, every step of the way, throughout your pediatric leukemia journey.

Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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  • 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
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A pediatric cancer diagnosis is hard for any parent to grasp. If you’ve just found out your child may have cancer, you might be filled with a variety of emotions — from numbness and denial to fear, anger, sadness, and confusion. At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, we understand. But you don’t have to fight alone — and there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Our Comprehensive Pediatric Cancer Care

Today, about 80 percent of childhood cancers can be cured. That means most kids with cancer can — and do — get better. If your child is facing cancer, know that we’re here to give your child the most compassionate, comprehensive cancer care available.

 
Benefit From Our Advanced Medical Collaborations

At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville we work as a partner with the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI). This advanced institute was founded to treat cancer patients with less destructive radiation therapy — proton energy instead of X-ray radiation. It’s the only facility of its kind in the southeastern United States.

At the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, we also partner with nearby Wolfson Children’s Hospital to provide a medical home for children with cancer from around the world, including those from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, who come for treatment at UFPTI.

When our pediatric cancer patients at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville need to be hospitalized or get certain tests, we continue our comprehensive care for them at Wolfson.

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National Bone Marrow Transplant Accreditation & Recognition

For children who need a blood or bone marrow transplant (also called a BMT, BBMT, stem cell transplant, or cord blood transplant), we offer a pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program that’s been recognized and accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapies (FACT) — as one of only 14 institutions in the United States performing autologous transplants (using your child’s own cells) and allogeneic transplants (cells donated by a parent, sibling, or an unrelated donor). We’ve received this accreditation for more than 10 years.

Also, Nemours is recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) as an affiliated center for matched unrelated donor transplants.

The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program of Mayo Clinic, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a unique collaboration with:

  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where the actual transplants take place in the children’s inpatient unit.
  • Mayo Clinic, which maintains the program’s adult transplant unit and cryopreservation laboratory for storing the stem cells.
  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville which provides kids’ care before and after the procedure.

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Using the Latest Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatments

At the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville we’re part of the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. This program connects all of the oncology and hematology resources throughout Nemours in Florida and the Delaware Valley — and allows our specialists to pool their resources and expertise to provide better care to children with all types of cancers and blood disorders (including bone marrow failure and sickle cell disease).

As part of the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research (NCCCR, our research arm), doctors and other scientists throughout Nemours — and beyond — collaborate to study cancer and investigate potential new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat children with cancer. As a children’s health system, we take great pride in research at Nemours so that we can better serve children with cancer and blood and bone disorders today and in the future.

The mission of our pediatric cancer specialists and scientists is to build one of the nation’s top childhood cancer research centers — developing strategies to improve prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancers.

Our overarching goal is to achieve a 100 percent cure rate of childhood cancers — and with minimal side effects. We aim to do “whatever it takes” to support research into finding new and better treatment options. Our center is a place where scientists, doctors, patients, families and the community can come together to improve children’s health.

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Our Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Therapy

Children with cancer who don’t need to be admitted to the hospital can receive outpatient care for testing and treatment including:

  • assessment
  • chemotherapy administration
  • blood transfusions
  • minor procedures
  • patient and caregiver education
  • nursing care

Compassionate Experts Devoted to Your Child's Condition

When you come to Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville you get a whole team of professionals — like an extended family — devoted to your child. Our expansive pediatric cancer care team helps families like yours throughout the course of your cancer journey, from diagnosis to survivorship, providing the most up-to-date treatments, innovative research and family-centered care from Nemours’ pediatric cancer experts.

 
Your Child’s Comprehensive Medical Care Team

Our pediatric oncology team includes a variety of physicians and health professionals experienced in treating children with cancer and blood disorders. Depending on your child’s cancer, your care team may include:

  • pediatric hematologists/oncologists (doctors who treat children with blood disorders and cancers)
  • radiologists (doctors who uses imaging to diagnose and treat disease)
  • pediatric radiation oncologists (doctors specially trained in radiation therapy)
  • transplant coordinator (who helps you navigate services and treatments throughout the entire process of a blood or bone marrow transplant, if your child needs one)
  • pediatric transplant physicians (doctors who care for children getting stem cell transplants)
  • nurses (with expert training in caring for children with all types of cancers, blood and bone disorders, and bone marrow transplant)
  • registered dietitians (to help with your child’s nutritional health)
  • pediatric surgeons (doctors who perform surgical procedures unrelated to cancer on children)
  • physical therapists 
  • occupational therapists 
  • speech therapists 
  • other pediatric specialists, as needed – such as endocrinologists (doctors who treat hormone and growth problems), gastroenterologists (doctors who specialize in the digestive system), nephrologists (physicians who treat problems with the kidneys), neurologists and neurosurgeons (doctors who treat problems with the brain and nervous system), orthopedists (doctors specializing in conditions of the bones, muscles, and joints), pulmonologists (physicians who treat problems with the lungs) and others.
 
Helping to Heal Their Hearts, Bring Hope and Create Smiles

When kids have cancer, healing their minds and hearts matters as much as healing their bodies. That’s where some of our other special team members come in. The compassionate professionals who will help with mental and physical well-being (yours and your child’s) include:

  • licensed clinical social workers: These integral care team members can do wonders for you and your child’s outlook on cancer, treatment and life after diagnosis. A social worker will be involved from the very first visit on and will help you and your child prepare for the inpatient stay as well as a provide assistance with other resources, including financial support.
  • pediatric psychologists and child and adolescent psychiatrists: From the start, our caring, sympathetic experts make sure you and your child understand what’s happening throughout your cancer journey and help you cope with the diagnosis and the effects of the disease and treatment. Psychological services may include “neurocognitive testing” – to look for any learning problems that may be related to treatment and address them as early as possible. Psychotherapy, either at Wolfson Hospital for Children or at Nemours, is also available to help your child adjust to treatment, manage pain, comply with taking medications and cope with depression and anxiety.

Child Life specialists: These helpful souls can lift your child’s spirits and help with your child’s psychosocial and emotional needs during hospitalization. Our Child Life specialists provide supportive and educational services to promote positive coping strategies and help children (and their families) understand the entire hospital experience. Some services include:

  • Art with a Heart: Professional artists work with children in our playroom during clinic visits.
  • On-site tutoring and school re-entry: At the request of our patients and families, Child Life specialists will provide school visits for tutoring and other assistance.
 
Working Together as a Team for Your Child

Every member of your child’s care team will have secure access to your child’s medical information, with just the click of a button. Our award-winning electronic medical record makes it easy for everyone to always stay on the same page about your child’s care — at the same time.

Many children with cancer also get the benefit of our “tumor board” — a group of pediatric specialists representing various specialties who meet every week to discuss children with complex cancer cases. And members of a special brain tumor clinic collaborate on treatment decisions for children with brain tumors. It’s like getting a second opinion without making an appointment.


We Value Your Involvement in Your Child's Care

We may know how to treat your child’s cancer, 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.