The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Lurie Children’s treats more children with cancer and blood disorders than any other hospital in Illinois. Although cancer is rare in children, we treat 220 new patients each year for a wide range of childhood cancers. The center is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric oncology. We also have the region’s most complete array of programs and services for children with blood disorders such as hemoglobin disorders, hemophilia, thrombophilia and sickle cell disease.
Members of Lurie Children’s Division of Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation staff the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Our team includes:
Stem cell transplant physicians
Interim Division Head Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH is a board-certified in pediatric hematology-oncology and general pediatrics. Dr. Thompson also is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
We are committed to caring for each patient’s physical, emotional and social needs in a kid-friendly environment. We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle.
A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will care for your child. This team approach makes it easier for you to see every specialist your child needs under one roof and often in the same visit. To meet all of your child’s needs, physicians in our center have access to specialists from 70 medical and surgical specialties at Lurie Children’s. Our physicians also work closely with pediatric radiation oncologists and other specialists at the nearby Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Programs & Services
We treat patients ranging in age from newborns to young adults. Families from throughout the Midwest and across the country come to Lurie Children’s to take advantage of resources for cancer and blood disorder care that are not widely available.
Our center has a thriving research program, encompassing many groundbreaking studies in patients (clinical trials) as well as basic science investigations and translational research using a “bench to bedside” approach. Through research projects that we conduct at our own hospital and with other centers, we hope to:
Provide access to innovative treatments that are available only at a limited number of research centers
Improve the detection of pediatric brain tumors and blood disorders, and their complications
Discover safer, more effective treatments to prolong the patient’s life and enhance quality of life
We take specialized and evidence-based approaches to diagnosing and treating blood disorders and cancer. Our physicians make every attempt to stay at the forefront of treatment advances, making sure they provide our patients with the best care possible.
If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information.
Training & Education
Lurie Children's has a three year accredited fellowship in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation offered in partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The program offers fellows a broad-based clinical experience and clinical research exposure in an academic environment. We also offer a fellowship in pediatric neuro-oncology.
Funding from generous donors has helped to transform our cancer care. Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.227.7500.