Pediatric Care Team
Physicians of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date state of the art care to children with cancer. The physician responsible for the care of you / your child specializes in your specific cancer. All of our physicians are involved in "translational research", meaning they conduct research studies, making many new treatments available to you. In addition, they are also full time faculty at Georgetown Medical School. We believe that this combination of cancer research, clinical care, and education provides an environment where you / your child will get cutting edge state of the art care.
Nurse Practitioners are clinicians who work closely with the pediatric oncologists to provide patient care. All patients in the division are assigned a nurse practitioner when they are diagnosed with cancer or a hematological disorder.
The Clinical Research Associates coordinates clinical trials and ensures that all research complies with FDA regulations, NCI guidelines, and HIPAA rules.
A pediatric oncology nurse is a nursing professional who specializes in caring for patients undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments. They are responsible for the care that your child will receive while in clinic. Some of the tasks the nurses perform are drawing your child's blood and administering your child's chemotherapy and blood products. As nurses, we feel that education is very important for our patients and their families. Please feel free to ask your nurse any questions you may have while in clinic.
Nurse Case Managers
During the consultative and treatment phase of your illness, a clinical nurse coordinator will be involved in your care. The clinical care coordinator is a nurse specializing in the care of persons with cancer. Patient education and symptom management are the clinical nurse coordinator's primary focus. She/he provides information and support to you and your family, and will assist in coordination of required tests and various therapies. They also assist you in learning to recognize and control the side effects of your treatments.
Resident & Fellow Physicians
These physicians are licensed medical doctors who are continuing their advanced training under the supervision of our doctors. These outstanding young doctors are selected through a competitive process from top medical centers throughout the country and the world and will be assisting in your care.
Art allows children to express what they may not be able to speak about-fear, isolation, anger and loss. Through art and play therapy young cancer patients and their families learn to cope with the emotional stress and trauma associated with their disease and its treatment.
A social worker is assigned to follow every newly diagnosed patient and his family from the time of new diagnosis throughout the course of treatment and for a period of time after treatment until transition to the Late Effects Clinic. A social worker also follows the Late Effects Clinic.
The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has dedicated chaplains who specialize in the spiritual and emotional support of oncology patients and their caregivers of all religious affiliations.