Serious conditions need serious care

The cancer and blood disorders team at Children’s Minnesota has the training, knowledge and technology to treat a wide range of conditions. Nearly 900 children are admitted annually as inpatients to the Jim and Colleen Ryan Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s – Minneapolis, making us the largest program in the Upper Midwest. And while we’re known as a leader and innovator in the field of pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment, we never forget that each patient is someone’s child. Compassion always factors into our approach. We are on the journey with you, because we believe that better journeys lead to better outcomes.

We treat kids with serious medical conditions and we’re known for aggressive management of pain and side effects through our interdisciplinary pain program, one of the largest and longest running in the nation.

Our vast experience isn’t the only thing that helps us to stand apart, though. Here’s more on what makes us special:

  • Convenient care to make you more comfortable. No one likes long car rides back and forth to the hospital or clinic. Our Care Closer to Home program allows your child to be treated closer to home whenever possible.
  • Advancing the understanding of rare tumors. Children’s is a leader in clinical research for rare diseases and home of the International Pleuropulmonary Blastoma Registry and the International Ovarian and Testicular Stromal Tumor Registry.
  • An all-access pass to leading technology. Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Midwest using Visualase, an ultra-precise, MRI-guided laser system for brain tumor and epilepsy surgeries. This high-tech approach minimizes pain and speeds healing. Most kids are home within 24 hours. (See a story about a little boy who underwent surgery with Visualase here.)
  • An ear to the ground and an eye on the future. Nearly 90 percent of our eligible patients participate in clinical trials. If a new, effective treatment is on the horizon, we’re among the first to know about it. We have the largest group of clinical research staff in the region and we focus on research and innovations that make a difference at the bedside. Read more about Clinical Trials and Treatment studies available here.
  • Emphasis on preserving fertility. Preserving fertility in teens and young adults receiving chemotherapy, radiation or surgery is an important part of their quality of life and hope for the future.
  • Experts in Integrative medicine treatments and cancer care. There’s rarely one right treatment plan with an illness as complex as cancer. We have two local experts who combine evidence-based complementary medicine therapies with high-tech treatment when desired, giving patients the best of both treatment options.

Cancer: We’ll do our best to prepare you

Read on to learn more about our cancer program and the conditions and services we’re experts in treating.

Cancer: diagnostic and clinical services — Comprehensive care for cancer requires a variety of services.

Leukemia & lymphoma program – Our experts provide care for children with leukemia or lymphoma, either newly diagnosed or recurring or relapsed disease.

Brain and spinal cord tumor program — Tumors in the central nervous system, including brain and spinal cord

Solid tumor program – The solid tumor cancer program at Children’s is one of the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. We diagnose and treat children with all types of solid tumors.

STAR Clinic (surveillance and testing after recovery) – Our STAR Clinic team helps patients along their survivorship journey after the recovery and wellness phase is completed. This includes yearly clinic visits, nutrition and exercise plans, and well-care education to ensure patients are equipped to embrace life after cancer therapy.

Adolescent and young adult cancer program – Education, monitoring, care and support to teens and young adults with all forms of cancer.

Head and neck cancers program  Cancers of the throat, mouth, salivary glands, sinuses, thyroid gland, tongue and tonsil

Long-term follow-up clinical care – Care available for anyone who received cancer treatment – anywhere – as a child. Our goal is to keep survivors of cancer healthy and to educate them about their health risks.

Rare tumors – Individualized treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with a rare tumor, using the expertise of our specialists in addition to consultation with other experts around the world.

Hereditary cancer program – Our oncologists and genetic counselors offer testing and counseling to children diagnosed with cancer as well as those whose family history indicate they may be at risk for developing cancer.

Integrative cancer care Our team understands kids and cares for more than their physical well-being – we care for body, mind, and spirit. We combine the best of complementary and conventional medical therapies to develop solutions to any side effects from medical treatments, and emotional challenges such as depression and anxiety to help kids heal..

Blood disorders: Providing expertise

Children’s houses the largest pediatric blood disorders program in Minnesota, and we treat more than 60 percent of Minnesota children and teens with blood disorders. That puts us in a unique position to deliver the latest treatments your child needs and provide information and support to your entire family.

What sets us apart in blood disorders care

When a child in Minnesota has a bleeding disorder, he or she is more likely to be seen by us than any other facility. Our blood disorders experts know their stuff — in fact, they provide more than 500 consultations every year, directly using their experience and knowledge to improve the quality of life of some pretty cool kids.

Here’s more on what makes us special:

  • A one-of-a-kind facility. Children’s C.H. Robinson Infusion Center, which treats patients with cancer, blood disorders and other conditions, is the largest of its kind in the state, with 12 private rooms and more than 5,000 outpatient visits each year. All of our clinic and hospital rooms are private and spacious enough to accommodate the patient, family and care team.
  • We’ve seen it all. We treat more than 1,000 Minnesota children and teens with blood disorders each year, including more than 83 percent of children and teens with sickle cell disease or hemoglobinopathies, and more than 80 percent of children and teens in Minnesota with a hemophilia diagnosis.
  • Top-of-the-line blood disorder care. Our Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders is the only federally funded program in the region, which ensures comprehensive care for patients. Our interdisciplinary pain and integrative medicine programs are known for being aggressive about preventing pain and side effects.
  • Special care for young women. We have the only teen hematology and gynecology program in Minnesota, offering care to young women with bleeding disorders by both pediatric hematologists and the state’s only two pediatric gynecologists.

We treat blood disorders of all types, including those listed below:

Children’s Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders – Children’s belongs to a nationwide network of federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) and is the only such program in the region focused solely on care of children and adolescents with bleeding and clotting disorders.

Hemoglobinopathy and sickle cell program – A nationally recognized program that treats the majority of children and teens in Minnesota with abnormal hemoglobins and provides consultation about the disease to healthcare providers.

Anemia and Other Blood Deficiencies – We provide care and consult with physicians about children with anemia and other blood deficiency problems from all over the region. From simple to complex, whatever level of care your child needs, we can help.

Vascular Anomalies Center – The team at the vascular anomalies center at Children’s is one of only a few in the country dedicated to treating children with all types of vascular anomalies. We’re also one of the largest.

Teen hematology and gynecology program – The only program of its kind in Minnesota – offers coordinated care for such conditions, where patients can schedule visits that include both a pediatric hematologist and pediatric gynecologist.

Bone marrow failure program – Part of a large hematology program, we offer evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for both inherited and acquired bone marrow failure.

Blood disorders: diagnostic and clinical services – Comprehensive care requires a variety of services.

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