Our pediatric hematology and oncology specialists are experts in treating children with blood disorders and blood cancers. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we conduct cutting-edge research and provide emerging treatments specifically designed for children.
Conditions We Treat
We treat all pediatric hematological disorders, including:
- Sickle cell disease, thalassemia and other forms of hemolytic anemia
- White blood cell disorders
- Platelet disorders
- Bone marrow failure
- Bleeding disorders, including hemophilia and von Willebrand’s disease
- Excessive clotting disorders
- White cell cancers, including acute leukemias and lymphomas
Learn more about conditions we treat.
Because of the complex nature of blood disorders, the pediatric hematology oncology program takes a team approach to your child’s care. Your child will have a specialized multidisciplinary team that includes:
- Hematologists (blood disorder experts)
- Transplant hematologists, if relevant
- Pediatric oncologists (cancer doctors), if relevant
- Nurse specialists
- Psychologists, social workers and educational specialists
We understand that blood disorders are often chronic, lifelong conditions. With that comes a lot of trips to the hospital for care — and a lot of time and energy on your part. That’s why we focus on making the experience as convenient and comfortable as possible for you and your child.
Infusion therapy options
We have separate infusion areas for young children and teens to provide more privacy and comfort. Our Bleeding Disorders Center offers self-infusion and parent-infusion classes so you can choose to have the flexibility and independence of home infusion therapy if you want it.
Our facilities are specially designed for your child’s safety and comfort. We have:
- Inpatient and outpatient services in the same area for seamless care
- Dedicated rooms for bone marrow transplant patients and patients with immune deficiencies
- An expanded number of treatment and consultation rooms in the outpatient clinic to minimize wait times for patients and their families
- A blood bank at the hospital, which allows for faster diagnosis and treatment
Expert Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Treatments
From stem cell transplants to clinical trials, we provide children with a variety of treatment options for blood disorders.
Nationally recognized faculty
Our physicians are nationally recognized experts in sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure disorders, platelet defects, von Willebrand disease and chronic granulomatous disease. Our clinical research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations, helping improve the health of children here and around the world.
Pioneering Pediatric Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program
Experience is important when it comes to stem cell transplants. Our Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program performs dozens of transplants annually, and our bone marrow transplant program was the first in Missouri designed specifically for children.
We use lower doses of chemotherapy to minimize side effects. Our dedicated transplant unit is designed to lower the risk of infection and help your child heal.
Sickle Cell Disease Experts
As the largest sickle cell disease treatment center in Missouri, we have specialized services including a dedicated education liaison and a dedicated social worker. Our multidisciplinary team helps support children with sickle cell disease and their families from birth through young adulthood.
We partner with the Washington University Sickle Cell Disease Transition Clinic, allowing adolescents with sickle cell disease to smoothly transition to adult care. Our sickle cell disease program is recognized by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Designated Hemophilia Treatment Center
Our Bleeding Disorders Center is a federally designated Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC). We offer specialized care for patients with hemophilia, Von Willebrand disease and other bleeding disorders. We provide a seamless transition of care to the adult HTC located at the Washington University Medical Center.
Research and Clinical Trials
We conduct numerous clinical trials that offer potential new treatments before they are widely available. Our program is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded center for clinical trials on pediatric sickle cell disease.