Who treats leukemia and lymphoma at Children’s
In the leukemia and lymphoma program, children receive medical care in a convenient, coordinated “one-stop-shop” environment. Specialists in hematology and oncology tailor a treatment plan that is individualized for each one of our patients. Families using Children’s hematology/oncology services benefit from a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals to meet their individual needs.
Pediatric oncologists are physicians with special focus on childhood cancers. Our oncologists tailor a treatment plan that is special for each one of our patients.
- Bruce Bostrom, MD
- Nathan Gossai, MD
- Yoav Messinger, MD
- Joanna Perkins, MD, MS
- Michael Richards, MD, PhD
- Susan Sencer, MD
Pediatric oncology nurse practitioners focus their knowledge and attention on patients with childhood cancer.
Pediatric nurse 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.
- Ellen Doherty, RN, CPHON
- Cassondra Howard, RN, CPHON
- Sara Gernbacher, RN, CPHON
- Caron Moore, RN, CPHON
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:
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.
Pharmacists are trained to prepare the medicines and nutritional support that your child will need.
Physician assistants 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.