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Children’s Minnesota: the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorders program in the region

Children’s Minnesota understands there are times when clinicians need to partner with additional medical experts. We know how the urgency for these clinical resources drastically multiplies with a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis. When moments matter — Children’s Minnesota has the unique expertise and the resources in hematology and oncology to help your patients. Within our cancer and blood disorders program, our team of specialists and subspecialists work both together and independently to treat kids and young adults facing a wide variety of serious conditions, all within a single health system.

We’re here — and we’re ready to help. We will partner with you all the way.

A program built on trust

Children’s Minnesota is intensely focused on offering advanced and individualized care for newly diagnosed children, teens and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. Our healthcare providers are also leaders in delivering innovative treatment for rare, relapsed and recurrent cancers. We’ve been a trusted clinical resource for over 30 years.

Children’s Minnesota provides 24/7 access to hematologists and oncologists. Our team of 200 dedicated professionals include physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, case managers, rehabilitation therapists, interpreters, dieticians and more. They all understand the unique care needs of children and their families facing cancer and blood disorders.

“Sickle cell disease is a very, very complex disease. It requires a team approach, it takes a village to care for these children.”

— Derrick L. Goubeaux, DO, staff physician at Children’s Minnesota, on WCCO-TV, April 21, 2021

Watch the full story here.

In addition to our specialized staff’s combined expertise, proximity to care for cancer and blood disorder patients is always top-of-mind at Children’s Minnesota. That’s why we have several locations conveniently placed throughout the region:

  • An inpatient care facility at our Minneapolis hospital campus.
  • Telemedicine (virtual care) programs allow providers to assess, monitor and treat established patients from their home.
  • Three outpatient clinics are located in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota and Hudson, Wisconsin.

Read more about our top-notch treatments.

Programs and resources

Children’s Minnesota cares for more than half of the children diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder in Minnesota, and 70 percent of those diagnosed in the Twin Cities metro area. Our robust specialty programs in cancer and blood disorders include:

  • The largest pediatric central nervous system (CNS) tumor program in Minnesota.
  • One of the largest childhood leukemia & lymphoma programs in the Upper Midwest — the largest in Minnesota.
  • Children’s C.H. Robinson Infusion Center — the only pediatric cancer and blood disorders infusion center in Minnesota.
  • A nationally-recognized Hemoglobinopathy and Sickle Cell Program.
    • This program treats the majority of children and teens in Minnesota with abnormal hemoglobins and anemias.
  • Treatment programs, research initiatives and environments developed specifically for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients that you cannot find anywhere else in the region.
  • A one of a kind women and teen bleeding disorders program located in Minnesota that is part of Children’s Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders.
    • Care is provided by a hematologist/oncologist and two certified pediatric nurse practitioners with special experience in ensuring accurate test results during diagnosis and treating common bleeding disorders in women.

Cancer Programs:

  • Leukemia and lymphoma.
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors.
  • Solid tumor.
  • Adolescent and young adult cancer (AYA).
  • Head and neck.
  • Rare tumors.
  • Hereditary cancer.

Click here to learn more about Children’s Minnesota’s cancer specialty programs and services.

Blood Disorders Programs:

  • Center for bleeding and clotting disorders.
  • Hemoglobinopathy and sickle cell.
  • Anemia and other blood deficiencies.
  • Bone marrow failure.

Click here to learn more about Children’s Minnesota’s blood disorder specialty programs and services.

Ease of referrals and convenient services

No matter how complex the cancer or blood disorder case, Children’s Minnesota believes in an easy referral process.

You are just one call away from our Cancer and Blood Disorders team of experts, available to you around the clock through Children’s Physician Access.

Active in clinical trials

We take great pride in being one of the most active participants nationwide in the number of patients enrolled in clinical trials. We also have the largest clinical research staff in the region. Our nationwide research partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital just to name a few.

Learn more about our clinical trials.

The facts speak for themselves

Children’s Minnesota is the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorders program in the upper Midwest, and we’re known across the country for our aggressive management of pain and side effects.

  • Children’s Minnesota ranks in the top 15 programs in the U.S. in both medical and surgical cancer outcomes, according to the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS) database.
  • Children’s Minnesota has some of the highest survival rates among leading U.S. children’s hospitals.
  • Children’s Minnesota has some of the lowest length-of-stay ratios in the U.S.
  • Nearly 90 percent of Children’s Minnesota patients, who are eligible, participate in clinical trials.
  • Children’s Minnesota treats more than 85 percent of Minnesota children and teens with Sickle Cell Disease.

Children’s Minnesota has earned this reputation over nearly a century of building an organization dedicated to family-centered care.

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Alexandra Rothstein