Cancer and Blood Diseases Center
Your child's team
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center has some of the world’s most skilled hematologists. And while we’re known for our science-driven approach to treating children with hematological disorders, our doctors never forget that your child is a child, and not just a patient. From your first visit, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family’s physical and psychosocial needs.
Your child will receive care from many of our specialists. Our Hematology Program team includes medical experts and other professionals who are here for your family’s well-being and peace of mind.
Pediatric hematologists diagnose and treat diseases that affect the blood and blood-forming tissues in children. Many hematologists specialize in one aspect of the blood, such as white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets.
Our pediatric hematologists, each overseeing a different specialty area, work together to manage the programs and services offered through the Hematology Program. Each patient has a primary hematologist, but other hematologists and nurse practitioners may be involved in your child’s care, as well.
Pediatric hematology-oncology fellows are doctors who are training to become experts in the study of blood disorders and cancers. They already have a medical degree and have completed their training in pediatrics. They are always under the supervision of an attending hematologist.
Physician assistants are board-certified medical professionals who perform many of the same functions as physicians, including meeting with patients, writing prescriptions and ordering lab tests. You may meet with a physician assistant first when you come for your child’s appointment.
Nurse practitioners are nurses who have advanced education and specialized skills in treating children with blood disorders. They participate in the diagnosis, management and coordination of care for patients of all ages.
An outpatient hematology nurse is available to answer general questions about your child's care, as well as to provide educational information about his condition.
A social worker is available to meet with you and your family. Social workers provide expert support and counseling services to help parents and families adjust to the emotional impact of a child's illness and hospitalization.
Social workers are also available to provide information about specialized services and resources that parents often find useful in adjusting to the hospital and adjusting to home life after hospitalization. For more information, or to request a visit from a social worker, call us at 617-355-8246.
A physical therapist may work with your child to improve his mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities from injuries or disease processes.
Child psychiatric consultants
A child psychiatric consultant and the hospital's Behavioral Medicine Clinic are available to provide emotional and supportive care for you and your child. If you would like to talk to a counselor, we encourage you to contact your primary physician or nurse to arrange an appointment.
Hospital volunteers visit patient care units daily to provide companionship and amusement to patients.