Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation

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Hematology

Our mission for pediatric hematology is to ensure that your child receives personalized care: from diagnosis to treatment to management at home. A team of physicians, nurses, geneticists, pain specialists, psychologists and social workers coordinate their efforts to care for our patients.

We have expertise in a wide range of blood-related conditions:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Bone marrow failure syndromes and a variety of other rare syndromes
  • Coagulation and platelet disorders
  • Iron deficiency and overload anemias
  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemias
  • Thrombosis and hemostasis
  • Vascular anomalies

 

Our newly established St. Giles Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Center provides care specifically to patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemia. You can rest assured that we offer the latest therapies, including bone marrow transplantation.

If your child requires hospitalization, he or she will be seen daily by at least one of our doctors. Sometimes our hematology patients need to be seen by physicians outside of hematology. All pediatricians on the staff of Columbia, no matter their specialty, are available for consultation, as needed.

We also provide outpatient services in off-site locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester County and New Jersey.

Oncology

The Herbert Irving Division of Child & Adolescent Oncology is one of the largest and most distinguished pediatric oncology programs in the United States, serving as a referral center for patients across the country and abroad.

Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, research nurses and basic scientists provide the expertise required to successfully diagnose and treat children with cancer and to perform the research that one day may help prevent and eradicate these devastating diseases.

We care for more than 150 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer each year, and the division is an integral part of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated program of excellence.

Because a child's environment is important to the healing process, The Herbert Irving Child & Adolescent Oncology Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is designed to foster patient and family-centered care. Within the spacious facility, bold colors and decor inspired by nature create a soothing environment. Chemotherapy treatment areas are equipped with individual TVs and Internet connections. A family room provides space for patients and families to have some quiet time.

Combining superior medical expertise with equally compassionate care, we bring help and hope to children with cancer and their families every day.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

With a keen understanding of the physical concerns and emotional impact of blood and marrow transplantation (BMT), we have assembled highly skilled and experienced specialists, all of whom are committed to helping children and their families through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

As an international leader in BMT medicine, our team includes pediatric bone marrow transplant physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, transplant coordinators, nurse practitioners and research nurses, as well as child life specialists and social workers.

Conditions we treat include the following:

 

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Central nervous system tumors (brain and spinal cord)
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Histiocytic conditions
  • Immunological diseases
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Marrow failure
  • Metabolic genetic disorders
  • Solid tumors

 

A number of tests may be necessary to arrive at a precise diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. Testing may include an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, PET scan, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, and specific blood tests—including tissue typing for compatibility between the donor and child.

With one of the largest BMT programs in the nation, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital offers autologous (from the patient) and allogeneic (from another person) stem cell transplantations to treat children and adolescents with certain cancers and non-cancerous conditions.

Our patients receive outpatient treatment in the Herbert Irving Child and Adolescent Center, which offers a state-of-the-art setting carefully designed to minimize the stress of undergoing cancer treatment.