The pediatric oncology and hematology team at Blank Children's Hospital is dedicated to the young patients and families it serves. Our team is dedicated to caring for and curing childhood cancer and other complex diseases. While our team can provide some of the most sophisticated care, there are times when additional expertise is needed. Our team will work with experts from across the country to provide the best and most proven cancer treatment available.
Our team includes:
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Physicians
We have five board-certified pediatric oncology/hematology physicians. These full-time doctors work with a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate your child care.
The pediatric psychologist works with patients and families to promote coping and adjustment to their medical illness during the following treatment. Common interventions include supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral strategies to target increased symptoms of anxiety, depression, pan and behavioral changes. Relaxation and other self-coping strategies are also used to promote coping skills.
The pediatric social workers are an important part of the hematology/oncology team. They work with patients, families and staff both inpatient and outpatient. The social workers conduct assessments of patients and families to identify strengths and immediate needs. They can help to reduce barriers to improve health and optimize functioning. They also assist others in making the best use of available resources.
Child Life specialists
Cancer or a serious illness can be confusing and scary for children. Our Child Life team works closely with each patient to help him/her understand what is happening - at his/her developmental level. Child Life works with patients to help promote confidence to aid in coping with treatments and procedures. Additionally, Child Life works closely with siblings of the patient to help them understand what is happening to their brother or sister.
The Survivorship coordinator is specifically trained and experienced in providing information and guidance regarding survivorship to both patients and parents.
Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) coordinator
The AYA coordinator is specifically trained and experienced in providing life assistance services to adolescent and young adult patients.
Chaplains are available to provide spiritual, religious and emotional support to patients and families 24 hours a day. The chaplains serve many faiths and traditions. As members of your child's care team, our chaplains can offer your family comfort during the treatment process. They can assist in building coping skills through faith, blessings and prayer.
Research coordinators, working alongside the physician team, are responsible for the coordination and execution of clinical trials. Some of their responsibilities include enrolling patients onto clinical trials and maintaining documentation and communication, monitoring the progress of patients by reporting on treatments, and monitoring follow-up visits and reporting any late effects that may appear after treatment is complete.
Katy Juhl, PharmD, is the pediatric oncology pharmacist. Her focus is to coordinate medication therapy across all venues that the Blank Children's hematology/oncology patients access, including: retail and specialty pharmacies, home care, the Blank Infusion Center and inpatient unit at Blank Children's Hospital.
The support staff works with our medical team to schedule your child's care not only in our center but also throughout the UnityPoint Health system. They coordinate the scheduling of clinic appointments, consultations, infusions, sedations and imaging.