Pediatric Oncology and HematologyBeaumont Children's pediatric oncology and hematology specialists offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for infants, children, adolescents and early young adults with nearly every type of childhood cancer or blood disorder. Our specialists have decades of collective experience and offer the most advanced approaches to treatment of these conditions, including at the Children’s Skandalaris Family Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Opened in 2017, the center features seven exam rooms, a private family consult room, a family pantry, a shared infusion area and four private infusion rooms for patients. It also provides convenient access to proton therapy treatment, located in the same building.

In addition to the latest approaches and technology, Beaumont pediatric oncologists and hematologists are committed to offering each patient personalized care and unparalleled compassion in a convenient and friendly atmosphere designed with families in mind.

Our specialists’ expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of:

  • leukemias - commonly acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • lymphomas - commonly Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • brain tumors - including juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA), medulloblastoma, ependymoma or glioma
  • muscle, soft tissue and bone tumors - including rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma and other less common sarcomas
  • abdominal tumors - commonly neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, hepatoblastoma and other less common abdominal tumors
  • sickle cell anemia - including scheduled blood transfusion or exchange therapy if needed, and all anticipatory care such as transcranial Doppler and eye exams
  • thalassemia syndromes - including scheduled blood transfusion
  • benign blood disorders - including but not limited to all anemias (iron deficiency, hemolytic anemia), leukopenia/neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia
  • coagulation disorders - such as von Willebrand disease, hemophilia or other factor deficiency
  • thrombotic disorders - including comprehensive treatment and anticoagulation for blood clots; counseling for disorders such as Factor V Leiden mutation or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

As an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Beaumont offers patients aggressive, state-of-the-art treatment based on nationally approved research protocols. COG is the largest cooperative pediatric cancer group in the world, providing care to 90 percent of children with cancer in the United States and fostering ongoing dedication to advancing care through research. Through COG, Beaumont is able to provide patients access to the very latest approaches and cutting edge clinical trials. Cooperation among these institutions has led to the stunning statistic that today nearly 80 percent of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer will become survivors.

Conveniently located on the campus of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, our pediatric oncology and hematology program features a child-friendly atmosphere designed to meet the needs of both children and family members. Our multidisciplinary approach incorporates medical, surgical and radiation oncology expertise.

The program includes a full-service outpatient infusion area where patients can receive transfusion and chemotherapy treatments, all under the supervision of our physicians. Care is delivered by specially trained nurses who are certified by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses to administer chemotherapy and blood products. Our pediatric short-stay unit enables patients to finish infusions in the early evening hours if necessary, without having to stay overnight or return in the morning. Many families find this service to be an incredibly valuable convenience.

We offer patients on-site support from the full spectrum of Beaumont Children’s services and facilities, including experts in pediatric intensive care, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, surgery, orthopedics, behavioral medicine, social work, nutrition support services and pediatric radiology, as well as dedicated pediatric oncology pharmacists. We also collaborate closely with certified child life specialists, who aim to reduce patient anxiety and ensure comfort every step of the way.

The center also supports children and their families with:

  • oncology-certified nurses
  • dedicated pediatric oncology pharmacists
  • certified child life specialists to reduce anxiety
  • educational liaison
  • nutrition experts

Gilbert Family Adolescent and Young Adult Program

This Gilbert Family Adolescent and Young Adult Program, housed in Skandalaris Family Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders, provides medical specialists, psychosocial services, financial counseling and academic and mentor support for adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 26.

The program expands Beaumont’s participation in clinical trials for adolescents and young adults, which has driven a dramatic reduction in mortality for younger children with cancer. There will be opportunity for additional research which focuses on tumors related to underlying medical conditions such as neurofibromatosis

The Gilbert’s gift was inspired by their son Nick’s journey with neurofibromatosis and the care he received at Beaumont.

Pediatric Long Term Follow-Up Clinic

Many programs have been established to help Beaumont Children’s pediatric oncology patients long after they complete their treatment. In early 2008 we opened the Pediatric Long Term Follow-Up Clinic to study the possible delayed effects of being a pediatric cancer survivor and to assist patients with medical issues related to educational access, insurance and employability. Our multidisciplinary team includes a pediatric oncologist, pediatric oncology nurse navigator, pediatric social worker, child psychologist and dietitian.

Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program

Patients treated at Beaumont Children’s are eligible to receive college scholarship grants from the Pediatric Cancer Survivor Scholarship Program, one of only a few such programs of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1990, the scholarship program has awarded nearly $1 million to more than 100 students to help them move forward in their lives.