Our Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive children’s cancer centers in San Antonio and South Texas. University Hospital is staffed with pediatric oncologists and other pediatric physician specialists around the clock.
Our pediatric cancer center specialists offer care for children with:
Adolescents and young adults have different needs and challenges from children and older adults with cancer. Research has also found that young adults with certain types of cancers such as brain tumors, leukemia, osteosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma may have better outcomes if treated within a pediatric rather than adult cancer center.
Our AYA Cancer Program team provides the expertise in oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, psychiatry and behavioral medicine, and social work to best meet the needs of these patients.
Our team at
the our Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center diagnose and treat all
types of pediatric leukemia and lymphoma. Leukemia is cancer of the
blood cells and make up the most common cancer diagnosed in children and
young adults. These cancerous blood cells form and crowd out the
healthy blood cells in the bone marrow. Lymphoma is a cancer of the
blood cells that begins in cells of the lymph system. The lymph system
is part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infection and
disease. Lymph tissue is found throughout the body, so lymphoma can
begin almost anywhere.
The main types of leukemia and lymphoma include:
About 30 percent of pediatric cancers are made up of tumors and
cancers of solid organs. The most common types of solid tumors in
team at the Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center takes a
multidisciplinary approach to treating solid tumors that include:
Brain and spinal cord tumors are growths of abnormal cells in tissues
of the brain or spinal cord. These tumors can grow and press on nearby
areas of the brain or spread into other parts of the brain. Signs and
symptoms of brain and spinal cord tumors depend on:
team at the Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center takes the
child’s whole health into consideration when treating brain and spinal
cord tumors. We collaborate with other UT Health San Antonio pediatric
specialists – such as neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons – to
collectively develop the best individual treatment plan for every child.
Children with an increased risk of developing cancer due to
hereditary factors may benefit from cancer genetic screening. Our cancer
screening and prevention program is a partnership between University
Health System, UT Medicine San Antonio and the UT Cancer Center.
Together, we offer comprehensive care risk assessments and risk
reduction strategies to those who are found to have a higher risk for
cancer due to hereditary or genetic factors.
Services provided include:
Histiocytosis, or Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), is a rare disorder that begins in the LCH cells. LCH cells can grow in many different parts of the body and damage tissue or form lesions. Depending on the extent of the disease, LCH is often treated with chemotherapy and steroids to suppress the function of the immune system and the production of histiocytes. The length of treatment will vary from child to child. Many patients are eligible for international as well as local institutional trials. As new types of therapies are being developed, many patients may be eligible for international as well as local institutional trials.
Our Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center survivorship program offers
cancer survivors, family members, friends and caregivers resources for
the cancer survivor’s long-term health.
Research shows a number of potential health problems, called late effects, of cancer survivors can occur, such as:
a leader in pediatric cancer research, our physicians actively engage
in ongoing research studies to reduce the number of late effects in
Our pediatric oncologists team up with the UT Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to
offer children and young adults with cancer a fertility preservation
plan. From a sperm freezing program for boys, to egg freezing protocols
for girls, we help children preserve hope for having a family after
cancer. Our services include: