As a parent, discovering your child has cancer can be devastating. You may experience a wide range of feelings at this time including denial, anger, guilt, grief, fear and confusion. These reactions are normal and may be a way of helping you cope with the situation.
A staff of professionals at the Warren Clinic Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis is available to you and your child to ensure the best medical outcome possible. The pediatric oncology nurses are specially trained to work with children and adolescents who have cancer. The nurses are also trained to deal with general health problems that may occur during therapy and are available to teach you and your child about his/her illness and ways to receive better care at home.
The pediatric hematology/oncology social worker is involved in every child's care plan from the very beginning. He/she will meet with you and your child in the hospital soon after your child has been diagnosed. He/she will work with you to help sort out the many social, family and financial needs that arise when a member of the family is diagnosed with cancer. The social worker is available to you and your family to provide ongoing help throughout your child's treatment. Please feel free to ask for any help you may need during this time.
Pediatric oncologist/hematologists are physicians specially trained in the care of children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. They are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Other hospital staff may also be involved in your child's care to ensure the best possible experience during this very difficult time. The hospital dietitian can help when your child is on a special diet or has problems eating. He/she can help you plan a diet based on your child's likes and dislikes, as well as advise you on how best to deal with eating problems related to treatment.