CareTalk: Blog for Cancer and 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.
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.
Phone: (904) 697-3600
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Dreams Come True: Granting wishes to children between the ages of 2½ and 18 who’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Camp Boggy Creek: Located in Eustis, FL, this year-round, free camp works in association with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 16 diagnosed with cancer, blood disorders, and other serious illnesses, and their families.
At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, our board-certified pediatric hematologists (doctors who specialize in treating blood disorders in children) have the experience and knowledge to meet the physical and emotional needs of your child and your family.
Children with blood disorders come to us for diagnosis and treatment, including chemotherapy, infusions, and transfusions — which we offer in the clinic’s infusion room every day.
If children need to have surgery, be hospitalized, or get certain tests, they go to our partner Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where our care teams also see patients, allowing us to offer the most comprehensive, high-quality care for kids with all kinds of blood disorders.
Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the disease. Helping to guide you throughout your child’s diagnosis and treatment, our highly trained team includes an entire collection of health care providers and support service members:
At Nemours, our federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Center is a member of Region IV South, and only one of three in Florida.
This one-of-a-kind center provides comprehensive care and education to children diagnosed with a bleeding disorder and their families. Our team also participates in comprehensive care at all Nemours locations in Florida. Our goal is to keep children diagnosed with congenital (present at birth) bleeding disorders healthy and strong while minimizing complications.
Hemophilia is an inherited, uncontrolled bleeding disorder. Children diagnosed with hemophilia either lack or have a low supply of proteins in their blood called “factors:” factor VIII or factor IX. These factors help your child’s blood to clot after an injury, preventing excessive bleeding.
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.