Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

When your child is facing a diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder, you need an experienced team of pediatric specialists with access to the latest treatment options.

Expertise in pediatric cancers

As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Rush offers our pediatric and young adult patients opportunities to enroll in National Cancer Institute-backed clinical trials of new treatments for pediatric cancers, including sarcomas (bone cancer), leukemia and lymphoma.

Rush has one of the largest pediatric sarcoma programs in the Midwest. Pediatric sarcoma specialists work with specialists in the Rush Center for Limb Preservation to save children's limbs that are affected by sarcoma. They used advanced techniques and the latest technologies — including bone implants that can lengthen as your child grows — to avoid the need for amputation whenever possible.

Expertise in hemophilia and thrombophilia

Pediatric hematologists at Rush University Children's Hospital see patients at the Rush Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center — the largest hemophilia treatment center in Illinois. They are available to see children at our Rush campus in Chicago, Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, and satellite locations in Joliet and Hoffman Estates.

 

 

Pediatric oncologist Paul Kent, MD

Remarkable Care for Kids

  • Factor replacement therapy for hemophilia: Pediatric hemophilia specialists at Rush University Children’s Hospital are experts in managing factor replacement therapy — both preventive therapy and on demand therapy — for children. Clinician-researchers at Rush are also involved in clinical trials and research studies that may open the door to new effective treatments for improving hemophilia in children.
  • Focus on quality of life: Pediatric psychologists and pediatric palliative care specialists offer an additional layer of care and support to your child as they undergo cancer treatment. Palliative care focuses on improving your child’s quality of life, managing pain and providing emotional support for your child and your family. Additionally, our social workers, cases managers and finance specialists are dedicated to supporting you and your family at every point in your child’s care and treatment.
  • Kid-friendly care: We know that kids don’t stop being kids when they develop cancer. Child and teen life specialists at Rush will make sure that your child gets time to play, hang out, study and socialize — whether in their cheerfully-designed patient room or in our activity center and lounges filled with toys, books and games. Additionally, our social workers, cases managers and finance specialists are dedicated to supporting patients and families at every point of treatment.
  • Saturday appointments: Pediatric oncologists at Rush are available one Saturday morning a month for new consultations and follow-up appointments at Rush's Chicago campus.