Who Treats Adolescents and Young Adults at Children's?

As a parent, you are part of the team that will take care of your child. The Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota team will be there with you and your family every step of the way, from diagnosis through the treatment plan. Families using Children's blood disorders and cancer services benefit from a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to meet their individual needs. This team approach gives families and referring physicians access to a wealth of expertise.

Depending on your child's needs and the staff at your hospital and clinic, any of the following people may be on your health care team:

Case managers are registered nurses who are trained to provide and coordinate the nursing care and teaching to children and their families in the hospital or clinic.

Certified nurse practitioners (CNP) are nurses who have completed a master's program and specialty training in caring for children with cancer.

Child life specialists have special training in child development and how children react to illness and being in the hospital. A child life specialist helps children to cope with cancer and its treatment.

Chaplains are trained to offer spiritual care, support and prayer according to each family's individual needs.

Genetic counselors are trained to provide information and support to families who may be at risk for a variety of genetic disorders or inherited conditions.

Nutritionists are trained to evaluate your child's nutritional needs and weight. The nutritionist also helps to provide teaching and support about eating and drinking when your child goes home.

Pathologists are physicians who test tissues for disease using a microscope and other biology tests.

Pediatric hematology/oncology nurses focus their knowledge and attention on patients with childhood cancer and blood disorders.

Pediatric hematologists are physicians with special focus on childhood blood disorders. Our hematologists tailor a treatment plan that is special for each one of our patients.

Pediatric oncologists are physicians with special focus on childhood cancer. Our oncologists tailor a treatment plan that is special for each one of our patients.

Pharmacists are trained to prepare the medicines and nutritional support that your child will need.

Physician assistants (PA) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

Physical therapists work with your child to maintain or restore a level of fitness through strength and endurance exercises.

Psychiatrist or psychologists are health professionals available to help you and your child cope with feelings of anger, fear, depression, and hope that you or your child may experience. This person may also perform testing.

Rehabilitation therapists are health professionals who help your child maintain and improve muscle strength and flexibility.

Social workers are trained to help you and your child cope with illness and hospitalization through counseling, support groups, financial assistance, and resource referral.

Volunteers are trained as an unpaid helper with non-medical activities for your child.

This team approach gives families and referring physicians access to a wealth of expertise.