Our Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive children’s cancer centers in South Texas. Highly experienced pediatric oncologists and a team of oncology specialists are available to help your child with a difficult diagnosis. The depth and breadth of our pediatric cancer programs are well recognized:
Our pediatric cancer center specialists offer treatments and support for the following:
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 Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center diagnoses and treats all types of pediatric leukemias and lymphomas. Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. While this type of cancer is still rare, it’s the most common cancer diagnosed in children and young adults. Cancerous blood cells form and crowd out the healthy cells in the bone marrow. Lymphoma 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% of pediatric cancers are made up of tumors and cancers of solid organs. The most common types of solid tumors in children are:
Our team at the Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center use a multidisciplinary approach when treating solid tumors. Treatment may include combinations of the following:
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:
Our team at the Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center takes all your child’s health issues 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 a customized treatment plan for every child.
Children with an increased risk of developing cancer due to hereditary factors may benefit from cancer screening. Our cancer screening and prevention program is a partnership between University Health System and UT Health San Antonio. Together, we offer comprehensive care risk assessments and risk reduction strategies for those patients who are at a higher risk for getting cancer due to hereditary or genetic factors.
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 to support the patient’s long-term health.
Research shows a number of potential health problems, called late effects, of cancer survivors can occur, such as:
As a leader in pediatric cancer research, our physicians actively engage in ongoing research studies to reduce the number of late effects in cancer survivors.
Our pediatric oncologists team up with the UT Health San Antonio 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: