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Hematology and oncology

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. 

Children's 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. 

Cancer and blood disorders can be intimidating. This is why we treat the whole child, not just the disease 

Doctor and little girl look at stickers in hematology and oncology clinicOur 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
  • 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.  

hematology and oncology patient. Young girl in tentHemophilia 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: Comprehensive care for children with blood disorders or cancer

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. 

Our pediatric hematology and oncology specialists treat all cancers and blood disorders

sickle cell treatment

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. 

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

Anthem LemonAid

Stir up a cure for childhood cancer!

Anthem LemonAid is returning to the Richmond Community for its 21st year! This July, we are combining both in-person and virtual options in order to support the Hematology and Oncology clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Get ready to sell lemonade and take on the #RVALemonChallenge!

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Telehealth services

Expert care, in your home

Schedule a telehealth appointment from the comfort of your home. Our virtual visits offer safe and convenient options for you and your child.

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What is sickle cell disease?

Watch the video to learn more about the disease and how it can affect your child

Sickle cell disease is a disorder of the red blood cells. Instead of being shaped like a full circle, they are shaped like a half-moon.

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