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Hematology and oncology

Arming children to fight cancer and blood disorders  

Receiving a diagnosis of pediatric cancer or a blood disorder can change a family’s life in an instant. Helping you best navigate treatment options and maintain a healthy outlook for your child and your entire family is at the heart of our approach. You’re never in this alone. 

By coming to the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at CHoR, you’re giving your child access to the latest, proven therapies and cutting-edge research – all aimed at controlling and curing childhood cancer and blood disorders. We offer a level of cancer experience and expertise found at only the top four percent of U.S. hospitals designated as National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers. We also work in coordination with VCU Massey Cancer Center, the only central Virginia center and one of only two in Virginia designated to lead and shape cancer research efforts. 

Pediatric cancers differ significantly from adult onset cancers in how they develop, are treated and respond to therapy. You want your child to be cared for by pediatric oncologists like ours. 

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We treat the whole child 

Our team of pediatric oncologists and hematologists (doctors who specialize in blood disorders) work with nurses, psychologists and social workers to ensure we’re taking care of the whole child – not just treating the disease. Cancer can be intimidating for families, and it’s important you choose a treatment center that is prepared to take care of your child and those around them, including their parents and siblings.  

Among the most common diseases we treat are brain tumors, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and benign blood disorders, such as iron deficiency and blood platelet conditions. Our pediatric oncology team is on call 24/7 to diagnose and start treatment when your child most needs our care.  

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Hemophilia Treatment Center 

We help children diagnosed with bleeding disorders live a healthy life – both as kids and through their adult years.  

Support services for families 

Our comprehensive services include help for families at every stage of caring for a child with cancer or a blood disorder.  

Sickle cell clinic 

We oversee Virginia’s only center to care for pediatric and adult patients with sickle cell, and we’re a national leader in care transition. Our outreach includes twice-yearly retreats for patients, as well as community partnerships for drives to get blood and bone marrow donations. We also work with first providers in the Richmond area to educate them on treating individuals with sickle cell. 

Conditions and treatments  

We offer a multidisciplinary approach in treating all cancers and blood disorders, including: 

  • Bone marrow and stem cell transplants (largest and most experienced pediatric program in Virginia) 
  • Bone marrow failure and myelodysplastic syndrome 
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors 
  • Hemophilia and bleeding disorders  
  • Sickle cell  
  • Young adult leukemia and lymphoma (up to age 35) 
  • Young adult bone marrow transplant (up to age 35) 

Treating pediatric cancers requires different approaches, and our team draws on the expertise of hematologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other specialists who are specially trained on the unique needs of young patients.  

We also offer the only pediatric 3D-imaging device in Virginia, as well as specialized imaging through nuclear medicine. Our dedicated chemotherapy and radiation treatment areas are solely for pediatric patients and their families. 

Cancer research  

Through our robust research program, CHoR gives kids with cancer access to clinical trials testing new and promising treatments. For example, we are currently in advanced phases of study for neuroblastoma treatments. We are a fully accredited member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. Our connection with COG ensures we can access up-to-the-minute data. 

Not only do our physicians specialize in caring for young patients, but they are actively participating in national research programs to find new treatments and potential cures that allow kids to get back to being kids. CHoR is also one of only two programs in Virginia that train future pediatric cancer doctors. 

Resource links 

You can find local, regional and national support through various organizations. Check out these related resources

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