CareTalk: Blog for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Get insights and inspiration from Nemours’ experts in Hematology/Oncology.
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.
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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, Pensacola, we understand. But you don’t have to fight alone — and there is hope for a better tomorrow.
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.
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.
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:
We also offer activities that can help comfort and soothe children with cancer, such as:
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.
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.
Our comprehensive team of cancer experts at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola and Sacred Heart includes:
Depending on your child’s individual needs, other specialists who may be on your child’s cancer care team could include:
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 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.