White blood cell (also called “leukocyte”) disorders affect the body’s ability to fight off infection. Some white blood cell disorders, such as leukemia, are cancerous, while others are non-malignant (non-cancerous).
At our White Blood Cell Disorders Program, we provide comprehensive treatment for children with non-malignant white blood cell disorders. Children we treat have conditions that include:
low white blood cell count and neutropenia (low levels of bacteria-fighting neutrophils)
high white blood cell count
white blood cells that do not function properly despite a normal number in the blood
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center is known for a science-driven approach. In fact, we’re home to one of the world's most extensive pediatric hospital research enterprises, and we partner with elite health care and biotech organizations around the globe. But as specialists in innovative, family-centered care, our physicians never forget that your child is precious, and not just a patient.
Our program has adopted a family-centered model of care. 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. Our services include:
comprehensive medical evaluation, consultant reports back to your referring pediatrician and treatment if indicated
ongoing medical management
counseling and support
access to new treatment approaches through clinical research
Did you know? Historic breakthrough
In the 1960s, David Nathan, MD, and his colleagues here developed what became the standard diagnostic test for chronic granulomatous disease for the next 40 years.