CareTalk Blog: Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

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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.

Pensacola

Nemours Children's Clinic, Pensacola

5153 North Ninth Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504
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Phone: (850) 505-4700

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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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
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Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
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Resources for Patients & Families

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, Pensacola, 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% 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.

 
Convenient Pediatric Oncology Services & Treatment

Children who need to be admitted to the hospital are referred to the Thomas Jenkins Oncology Unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, named after a Nemours oncologist (cancer doctor) for his dedication and research to children with cancer.

If your child needs chemotherapy and other infusion procedures, you’ll go to Sacred Heart’s Pediatric Infusion Center (a partnership between Nemours and Sacred Heart), where your child can receive care and treatment in a pediatric setting (for children) with specially trained pediatric and oncology nurses.

 
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:

  • psychiatrists and psychologists – From  the start, these 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.
  • pediatric oncology 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.
  • Child Life specialists (located at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital) — These helpful souls can lift your child’s spirits and help with your child’s psychosocial and emotional needs during hospitalization. Child Life specialists provide supportive and educational services to promote positive coping strategies and help children (and their families) understand the entire hospital experience.
  • pastoral care – who can help you and your family spiritually

We also offer activities that can help comfort and soothe children with cancer, such as:

  • pet therapy – Weekly visits from specially trained dogs offer children and families a calming, loving distraction from the disease and treatment.
  • beaded journey – In this unique project for children with cancer, children receive a special bead that acknowledges a milestone throughout their journey with cancer. Volunteers come to the Clinic with sewing machines and work with children, helping them sew on the beads to create fun pillowcases, puppets, and other keepsake items.
 
Using the Latest Pediatric Cancer Research & Treatments

At the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, 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% 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.

  • Learn more about our comprehensive research efforts that work hand-in-hand with our cancer care

Compassionate Experts Devoted to Your Child's Condition

When you come to Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, 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 Pediatric Oncology Care Team

Our comprehensive team of cancer experts at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola and Sacred Heart includes:

  • board-certified pediatric oncologists – doctors who specialize in cancer
  • specially trained oncology nurses
  • a pediatric cancer care coordinator – who’s assigned to you and your child and will help navigate your child’s care from diagnosis to survivorship, providing resources and education needed to assist with ongoing treatment, even when your child leaves the hospital
  • radiologists – doctors who uses imaging to diagnose and treat disease
  • dietitians – who can help with your child’s nutritional health

Depending on your child’s individual needs, other specialists who may be on your child’s cancer care team could include:

  • endocrinologists – doctors who help treat problems relating to the endocrine system or glands
  • nephrologists – doctors who treat problems with the kidneys
  • neurologists and neurosurgeons – doctors who treat problems with the brain and nervous system
  • orthopedists – doctors who specialize in the bones, muscles, and joints
  • pulmonologists – doctors who treat problems with the lungs
  • gastroenterologists – doctors who treat problems with the digestive system
 
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.