When a child or adolescent has cancer or a blood disorder, parents will do anything and go anywhere to get the best possible treatment. Frequently, the family may feel that they need to travel great distances in order to obtain the best care. As pediatric cancer treatments have become more standardized, most physicians agree that the best place to go is an institution most convenient to the family.
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Stony Brook Children's, right here in Suffolk County, meets all of these criteria and more.
It offers the most up-to-date diagnostics and treatments for children with cancer. The program is led by Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologists, backed by the full resources of a tertiary care hospital. It utilizes a comprehensive multidisciplinary family-centered approach that takes into account not just the medical needs but all the issues that come into play during a long illness — flexible scheduling, 24-hour-visiting, family-centered decision-making, and the child's emotional and developmental stages.
The same is true for children with serious and chronic blood disorders such as hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, platelet disorders, and thalassemia. Children receive multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art treatment in a child and family-centered environment — backed by a full complement of specialists including Child Life, Emergency Department, Social Work, Surgery, and any additional specialties that the individual child may need.
In addition, whether for cancer or blood disorders, from the time of diagnosis forward, the focus is not just on achieving a "cure" but on maximizing the quality of life for the child beyond cure. For residents of Suffolk County, this translates into quality, personalized pediatric cancer care in their own backyards.