At Miami Cancer Institute, the comprehensive treatment of your child involves numerous specialists. You may see several pediatric physicians, oncologists, surgeons and radiation experts, as well as nurses, dietitians, therapists and social workers. We understand that this can be a confusing and stressful time for every family member, and we are here to help.
A number of considerations determine the treatment your child will receive. Your child’s age and overall health; how sick she or he is; how well your child can tolerate medications, procedures and therapies; and how long the condition is expected to last all impact the treatment decision. In addition, for each type of blood disorder, there’s a variety of treatments. For anemia, for example, treatment may include vitamin and mineral supplements, change in diet, medication, blood transfusions, surgery to remove the spleen, antibiotics or a bone marrow transplant. A child with hemophilia may receive special medications to help raise the amount of factor 8 in the blood, or receive replacement therapy, in which concentrations of clotting factor are dripped or injected into a vein as an ongoing treatment or on demand during a bleeding episode.
A customized treatment plan will be developed for your child, and the team at Miami Cancer Institute will explain all of your options.