Hematology / Oncology Fellowship
The Section of Hematology/Oncology sees approximately 150 new oncology patients each year and enters the majority onto Children's Oncology Group (COG) protocols. We have been a member of the Children's Cancer Group, and now COG, since 1971. The Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has approximately 8000 outpatient visits per year and approximately 900 hospital admissions per year. In addition to our program for clinical care of general hematology/oncology patients, we have programs in sickle cell disease, cancer survivorship and stem cell transplantation. We are a member of the phase I consortium of the COG, and also have our own program in Clinical Gene Therapy. In addition to our 12 full-time faculty, we have seven full-time pediatric nurse practitioners, and three full-time social workers.
The Stem Cell Transplantation Program has four full-time faculty, two pediatric nurse practitioners, a clinical coordinator and a full-time social worker. Areas of clinical and research activity of the program include the investigation of alternate sources of hematopoietic stem cells for allogeneic and autologous transplantation, transplantation of children with solid tumors, and the use of gene transfer for the correction of congenital hematological and immunological disorders of childhood. Approximately 25-30 stem cell transplants are performed each year.
Inpatients are cared for in the Riley Children's Cancer Center, located on the fifth floor of Riley Hospital for Children. It is dedicated space for the care of children with hematologic and oncologic diseases. There are 19 beds for hematology/oncology patients, and 5 beds for stem cell transplantation. Outpatients are cared for in dedicated space at the Riley Outpatient Center. A specialized Apheresis Center is located within the Center for the acquisition of mobilized peripheral blood stem cells and platelets from normal donors.