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Hematology/Oncology

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Big News!

On June 4, 2014, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation announced that it has received a $2.5 million gift from the Mario Lemieux Foundation to establish a new center for rare and hard-to-treat lymphomas that is expected to benefit children and young adults from around the world. Read the full news release about the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.


The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology provides diagnosis, treatment and complete follow-up for children, adolescents, and young adults with hematologic and oncologic disorders. All patients with cancer are eligible to participate in current Children’s Oncology Group (COG) protocols — studies of the most promising and newest cancer therapies. Children’s Hospital is a full member of the COG and is able to enter patients in all therapeutic and research protocols.

All outpatients are treated in the Marty Ostrow Hematology/Oncology Treatment Center. The center has all the necessary facilities for evaluating and treating patients. Hospitalized patients are treated on a dedicated hematology/oncology unit. Both the inpatient and outpatient units are staffed by specially trained personnel.

The Sickle Cell and Hematology Program provides comprehensive health care, emphasizing preventive medical care to children with sickle cell anemia and related blood disorders. Sickle cell patients also can be seen at Children's Specialty Care Center in Hermitage, Pa.

The sickle cell program is a state-supported comprehensive sickle cell center. The Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program provides state-of-the-art stem cell transplants for patients with very high risk malignancies, blood disorders, and immunodeficiency states. The Coagulation Program has dedicated personnel to diagnose and treat bleeding and clotting disorders.

All of the comprehensive patient care programs offer support services for the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. A counselor/nurse, child-life specialist, and social worker are all integral components of the health care team.

 

Referral Requirements

Referrals are required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed above. At the time of the telephone referral, a brief clinical history is required. All pertinent laboratory reports should be faxed to the treatment center.

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Last Update
June 6, 2014
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