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Cancer and Blood Disorders Outcomes
The Cancer and Blood Disorders program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the largest in the Upper Midwest. We care for more than 50 percent of all children diagnosed with cancer in the state of Minnesota.
Take a look inside the new Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic and C.H. Robinson Infusion Center at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and get to see how the new space directly affects one of our patient families with three children who are at the clinic routinely.
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Meet the Team
Children’s gathers top practitioners to address every aspect of your child’s diagnosis and treatment. From our doctors and surgeons to our staff of specially trained nurses, you can rest assured that the Children’s team has the experience you want in a caring atmosphere that you and your family need.Serious health issues need serious professionals. And when a child has been diagnosed with a blood disorder or cancer, those professionals also have to have training for children’s unique needs. To learn more about addition team members and our collaborative care model please see Collaborative Care.
- Anne Bendel, MD
- Bruce Bostrom, MD
- Melissa Christensen, RN, CNP
- Julie Chu, MD
- Jocelyn Gorlin, RN, CNP
- Melissa Hansen, RN, CNP
- Margaret Heisel Kurth, MD
- Jane Hennessy, RN, CNP
- Kimberly Jacobson, RN, CNP, CPON
- Sue Kearney, MD
- Mary Langevin, RN, CNP, CPON
- Mylynda Livingston RN, CNP, CPON
- Nancy McAllister, MD
- Linda Madsen, RN, CNP, CPON
- Yoav Messinger, MD
- Kristin Moquist, RN, CNP, CPON
- Stephen Nelson, MD
- Dawn Niess, RN, CNP, CPON
- Skye Peltier MPH, PA-C
- Joanna Perkins, MD, MS
- Lori Ranney, RN, CNP, CPON
- Jawhar Rawwas, MD
- Michael Richards, MD, PhD
- Kris Ann P. Schultz, MD
- Vicki Schaefers, RN, CNP, CPON
- Susan Sencer, MD
- Clark Smith II, MD
- Michael R Sprehe, MD, MPH
Treatment Locations front page
When your child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder, you want expert medical care. You also need the support of family, friends and a compassionate healthcare team. The Cancer and Blood Disorders program at Children's works with your primary doctor to provide the best care possible with as much care as possible close to home.
In addition to our Minneapolis and St. Paul locations, our physicians see patients in outreach clinics in St. Cloud, Duluth and Hudson, WI, through our Care Closer to Home program. Staff from our inpatient unit, outpatient unit and infusion center are closely linked to provide the best care for your child wherever they are. We also work closely with homecare services to provide care at home if needed.
Find Treatment Locations
Outreach Locations - St. Cloud, Duluth, Hudson, WI
How to make an appointment
If you are a family member looking for a Children's hematologist/oncologist or wanting to make an appointment, call 612-813-5940.
If you are a health professional looking for consultation or referral information, please call Children's Physician Access at 1-866-755-2121, toll-free or 612-343-2121, metro area.
Research at Children's Hospital
Advances in pediatric cancer care and its treatment starts out as research in specialized labs, clinics and hospitals all over the world as well as here at Children's. Collaborative, organized research done by more than 200 institutions worldwide has greatly improved the outcomes for children and teens diagnosed with cancer. Because of this collaborative research, survival rates for childhood cancers today have dramatically increased to between 80 percent to 85 percent as compared to just 20 percent only 50 years ago . Research is a major contributor to the great strides made in improving the care for children with cancer and the hope of someday finding a cure.
In addition to cancer research, our Blood Disorders program staff has access to the most up-to-date treatment options through participation in local, national and international groups. Therefore, we offer the most current treatment options and the opportunity to participate in clinical studies if desired. We are committed to working together to search for better treatments, prevention and an eventual cure.
At Children's, our clinical teams strive to provide the best treatment available to children and teens diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. We have the largest clinical research staff in the region and more than 100 research studies that are currently enrolling patients. The majority of our cancer patients who are eligible for participation in a research study, provide consent to take part in one or more clinical trials. We are one of the most active participants in the nation in the number of patients enrolled in clinical trials, which results in rapid deployment of new information. Through participation in national and international cooperative research groups and our own supportive care research, we are able to continually improve our care and make advancements in the treatment of these childhood diseases.
More about our cancer and blood disorders research
- Participating in Research
- Supportive Care Research
- Innovations in Care
- Clinical Trials
- Hematology Research