Pediatric Hemato-Oncology In Israel
This specialized service comprises of Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinics and Day Care Units, Inpatient Wards and Bone Marrow Transplantation Units. The services also treat children with Hematological Diseases, Immune Deficiencies, Thalassemia, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, and Bone Marrow Failure. Though the primary focus is children, young adults (till the age of 30) with solid tumors typical of the pediatric age group, are also treated.
Inpatient Wards are located adjacent to the Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Admitted patients are seen daily by the attending and staff physicians as well as the Hemato-Oncology nurses and staff specialists. Inpatient wards are state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities. The rooms are special units that enable strict isolation and contain the equipment for positive pressure and air filtration through HEPA filters. Together with the assistance of all the pediatric sub-specialists, staffs are expressly trained to meet the special needs of patients and their families. Emergency services are provided 24/7 by on-call and duty physicians. Patients undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments are cared in the adjacent Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, also containing two special isolation rooms with the appropriate equipment and conditions for the special patients' needs.
Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic and Day Care Units
Specialized physicians and support staff examine, diagnose and treat several hundred patients a year on an ambulatory basis. These are primary settings for the treatment of children with cancer and chronic blood disorders, designed to provide coordinated medical care & psychosocial support for the children and their families. The staffs consist of physicians and nurses, as well as a team of specialists in the fields of Social Work, Psychology, and Art and Movement Therapy. Most of the therapy and procedures are provided on an ambulatory basis. The day care units comprise a Procedure Room (where bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and intrathecal injections are performed under general anesthesia), examination rooms, chemotherapy treatment rooms, playrooms, psychosocial Rooms, and a conference room.
Palliative Home Care Units
A unique integrated service of palliative home care for terminally ill children is available in order to improve the quality of life of the children and their families. Pediatric Palliative home care nurses, specialized in pain control, provide this service, particularly in the terminal phase of disease. Family support is provided by social workers, psychologists and Pediatric Hemato-Oncologists. The palliative home care nurses coordinate treatments between all services at the hospitals and in the community.
In addition to Outpatient and Inpatient Facilities, we have Stem Cell Transplant Units and a unique Hospice for children, treating Israeli children and children referred from various countries.
The leading Israeli research centers in childhood cancer operate with strong collaborative connections with some of the major centers of Pediatric Oncology in Europe and the USA, including St. Anna Children’s Hospital in Austria, the Pediatric Oncology Branch in the National Cancer Institute, NIH and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All staffs are actively involved in the academic and research community and attend international and national meetings in the fields of Hematology, BMT, Pediatric Oncology, Neurosurgery and Oncology, as well as annual international conferences such as ASH, SIOP, ASCO, AAICR, and EBMT.