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The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology is a comprehensive children's program backed by the full resources of Massachusetts General Hospital and close collaboration with adult colleagues in the Cancer Center. Doctors who specialize in the care of children provide personalized, state-of-the-art care to children of all ages with malignancies and disorders of the blood.
The Pediatric Hematology Program offers specialized expertise in anemias, including sickle cell disease, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failure syndromes. We also offer expert consultation and management of bleeding and clotting disorders including von Willebrand disease, hemophilia, thrombosis and stroke.
The Pediatric Oncology Program offers multidisciplinary, comprehensive and family centered care to children with all types of cancer. Our clinical staff has expertise in treating leukemias, lymphomas, common solid tumors of childhood including Wilm's tumor, neuroblastoma, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, retinoblastoma, and brain tumors.
The patient care team is led by a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. Depending on the type of tumor and treatment plan, other members of the team may include a surgical specialist in pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, orthopedic oncology, ophthalmology, oculoplastics or plastic surgery. Patient considered for radiation therapy (Proton Beam, Intensity Modulated or other types) are evaluated by pediatric radiation oncologists. Our team also includes senior-level oncology-certified nurses, nurse practitioners, child psychiatrists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and rehabilitation medicine specialists.
Our patients have access to the latest clinical trials available in cancer research and hematology. We are members of the Children's Oncology Group (COG). Learn more about the Children's Oncology Group and Childhood Cancer.
Laboratory research is currently focusing on the molecular pathogenesis of malignancy and the interaction of blood vessels and platelets.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does; parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
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The Norwell community recently came together to present the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology with a $7,000 check, the result of its month-long childhood cancer awareness fundraising initiative, Going Gold for Children’s Cancer.
When coming to MGHfC for treatments, Mike Doiron transported his daughter, Ava, 8, in an adult-sized wheelchair that was too big for her small frame, making the trips uncomfortable. When Ava passed on last summer, Doiron brought his idea for child-sized wheelchairs to two MGHfC Family Advisory Councils. In July 2017, MGHfC debuted its new fleet of wheelchairs throughout the Yawkey building.
Pediatric cancer patients and their families were spellbound by The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's annual summer celebration, Camp Day, on July 20.
Once a month, Bonnie Garaventi donates handcrafted soap, body butter and lip balm to families who children are receiving care on Ellison 18. Her spa-quality products help bring a moment of calm and comfort to families who need it most, allowing for a renewed sense of healing.
In a letter to Dr. Howard Weinstein, captain of the MGHfC marathon team, one runner's mother says, “The love, support and camaraderie was contagious all around. Everlasting friendships were formed and lives were touched forever (at least mine was!).”
James Bagian, MD, PE, professor of Engineering Practice and Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, was honored as this year’s Safety Scholar at the 8th annual Patient Safety Awareness Week at MGHfC from March 12-18. Bagian, a former astronaut, presented his talk, “Patient Safety – It’s Not Rocket Science,” which gave insights on patient safety and how cultural changes matter most when making hospitals safer for patients.
Michael Garry joined the Fighting Kids' Cancer... One Step at a Time team to run his first Boston Marathon this year in honor of family members who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Michael Diviak, oncology pharmacist of the MGHfC outpatient infusion center knows what the hospital’s pediatric oncologists and pediatric infusion nurses do first hand. “Pediatrics is one of our most vulnerable patient populations and they need as much support from advocates as possible,” says Diviak, who will run his third Boston Marathon this April.
Humans used to run an average of 26 miles while hunting for food - about the length of a marathon. For Manizha Kholmatov, a senior at Harvard University studying human evolutionary biology and pediatric cancer survivor, running the 2017 Boston Marathon is a way of getting back to her roots and fighting pediatric cancer, one step at a time.
Shavonne Malara is not only taking to the Boston Marathon course to fulfill a personal goal, but also to thank the clinicians who cared for her while far from family.
After running 5 consecutive marathons, MGH nurse Jessica Spence needed time off from the grueling training. When she learned about the passing of her 2016 Patient Partner, Matt, though, Spence found inspiration to push through just as he had done
For first time runner Holly Peek, the Boston Marathon is more than a personal life goal; it’s an opportunity to give back to the clinicians and patients who taught her career-changing lessons.
As the MGH Boston Marathon team coordinator, longtime employee Ashley Bronson knows the intricacies of managing "Fighting Kids' Cancer...One Step at a Time" team. She refers to it as a life altering experience. This year though, Ashley will take to the course to experience first hand the runner perspective.
Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, survivor Jaymi Cohen follows her sister Ilana's footsteps from Hopkington to Boston in support of the MGHfC’s pediatric cancer team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time.’
As a PCA on Ellison 18, a pediatric cancer patient challenged Elizabeth Duquette to run the 2017 Boston Marathon. Her patient vowed to collect 200 signatures from around the hospital for her to run. After her patient passed away, Elizabeth is honoring his life and the lives of other children facing cancer by joining the Fighting Kids' Cancer... One Step at a Time team for this year's marathon.
On Dec. 18, Boston-based music artist Joe Diaz hosted a concert to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Gia Pettinicchio, 2, had just overcome intense treatment for ALL. To commemorate the milestone, a photographer from Flashes of Hope captured Gia's spunky spirit in black and white. Every year, Flashes of Hope photographs pediatric cancer patients in the Ulfelder Healing Garden, creating keepsakes for families and bringing light and laughter to patients.
In honor of NICU Awareness Month, Aloft Boston Seaport wanted to give back to the hospital staff who care for families when they need it most. Hotel and MGHfC staff came together to distribute nearly 1,000 freshly-made bagels and donuts after an event at Aloft Boston Seaport cancelled at the last minute.
For Delia Binette, visits from Sammy, a black lab in the Pet Therapy Program, became her best friend throughout her cancer treatment. For children and families, dogs in the Pet Therapy Program bring a new sense of comfort, healing and joy during difficult times.
Focusing on the child first is the standard of care at MGHfC. For patients like Belle Swersey and her family, putting Belle before anything else made a world of difference while she received care for her childhood cancer.
Lily Waldeck, an 8-year-old former MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center patient, embodies the mission to persevere in the fight against childhood cancer. Thanks to the care she received from Howard Weinstein, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and the rest of her care team, she now proudly says that she’s “stronger and faster now than when [she] had leukemia.”
In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), founded the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.
Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.
In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, founded the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.
Antoine Tanne explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a
Chris Buliga explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a
Greg Gonzales explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a
Palliative care physician Kathleen Doyle, MD, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting
Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.
Renee Heffron explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at
Tara Jennings, NP, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One
Step at a Time.
Jordan Gill explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a
Marisa Levine explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at
Lisa Conti explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.
Claudine Humure arrived at MassGeneral Hospital for Children from Rwanda for bone cancer treatment. More than improved health, she also gained a new family.
Parents draw from their experiences to help other patients and families receiving care at the Center for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
MGHfC Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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