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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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Patients play an important role alongside clinicians and administrators in working to improve patient care.
The Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and MGHfC remains one of the largest of its kind in the world, offering “one-stop” state-of-the-art care for people with Down syndrome. The multidisciplinary team is now expanding and is delighted to announce these new clinicians.
Guitars strummed and voices sang at an impromptu concert held at the MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center on Oct. 20. Led by pediatric patients Nathan and A.J., songs filled the waiting area celebrating A.J.'s completion of a long stretch of proton beam radiation.
Heavy downpours. Strong gusts of wind. Unseasonably cold temperatures. 26.2 miles. Runners of this year’s Boston Marathon had to tackle each one of these elements to get to the finish line.
On April 16, 39 employees from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital laced up their running shoes for the 122nd annual Boston Marathon. To wish them well, Mass General hosted a send-off celebration on April 12 for their incredible 26.2-mile journeys.
On April 16, 102 runners will participate in the 122nd Boston Marathon on behalf of MGHfC. These individuals - including Dr. Lindsay Carter - support research and child life programs that enhance the quality of life for our youngest patients.
In 1998, Callie McLaughlin was diagnosed with a pineal tumor, a rare brain tumor. She was treated at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and after two major surgeries was tumor free. She and her family are very thankful for the extraordinary and compassionate care provided by her team of doctors. This year, she’s running the Boston Marathon for MGHfC in appreciation and in hope that she can make a small difference in the lives of children treated here.
Alyssa and Rich Maglione knew they needed state-of-the art cancer care when their daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain and spinal cord tumor. The family transferred Sophia’s care from a New York-based hospital to the MGHfC Cancer Center where she has undergone proton and chemotherapy to curb the cancer’s growth. Alyssa, Rich and Sophia are working hard to live every day to the fullest, now understanding how precious life is.
Callie McLaughlin was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at age 4. During treatment, her mother ran the 1998 Boston Marathon in Callie's honor at the recommendation of her doctor and avid marathoner, Howard Weinstein, MD. Twenty years later, Callie is following in her mother's footsteps and running the 2018 Boston Marathon to give back to the hospital that saved her life.
Melissa Theroux, a longtime nuclear medicine technologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging, began running to exercise and carve out time for self care, a difficult task when raising two children. She started with small races and now, as a member of the MGHfC Cancer Center team, will complete her first Boston Marathon this April.
After losing her father to lung cancer in 2012, Bridget Kearney took to running as a way to cope with grief. Five years on, Kearney is honoring her father’s legacy by running the 2018 Boston Marathon as part of the Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time team at MGHfC, a place that touched her heart just two years ago.
Together with her sister and father, Jordan Sampson will be running to raise money for the pediatric hematology oncology program at Mass General, a program that has been part of her family's life since her brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor 20 years ago.
By running last year's Boston Marathon, Jen Agosti proved she was healthy, strong and 'back' after breast cancer treatment. Training for the 2018 Boston Marathon, she's learning about her 'new normal' post-diagnosis.
Carissa Niro’s connection to Mass General is a personal one; her maternal grandfather received extensive care at the hospital for pulmonary hypertension and blood diseases before passing away while in care; her other grandfather is currently battling prostate cancer. Recently, her family uncovered their susceptibility to the BRCA1 gene mutation, significantly increasing her personal risk of breast and ovarian cancer. That’s when it hit home: cancer must be cured. Carissa is running the Boston Marathon for the pediatric cancer center to help further treatment and support care for cancer patients like her grandfather.
Corinne Rivard, a clinical research coordinator in the Program in Nutritional Metabolism within the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, is dedicated to runner her first marathon to support an organization she believes provides services much larger than herself. Corinne hopes her actions, however small, may help make a direct impact on the children and families who lives are transformed by pediatric cancer.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Matt Angelico always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. Seeing his mother's exceptional care at MGH gave him the push to take on 26.2.
As a breast cancer survivor, Nancy Niconovich understands how frightening a cancer diagnosis can be. She's taking on the Boston Marathon to help children feeling similar emotions.
Sarah White's grandmother was treated for leukemia at the Mass General Cancer Center. Battling through her own diagnosis, she always focused on others, saying, “It stinks I have cancer but could you imagine a little kid with it?”
Boston Bruins players scored a hat trick, signing autographs, posing for photos and handing out Bruins gift bags during their annual holiday visit to MGHfC.
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.
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