Our team includes a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals, each of whom has experience and specialized expertise in treating children with pediatric cancer.
Our dedicated staff of pediatric oncology nurses have approximately 65 years of combined pediatric oncology experience, providing valuable support to physicians and families. All participate in ongoing education with the Children's Oncology Group and the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.
Our social workers are available to provide emotional support during your child’s treatment. They help parents navigate through insurance-related and financial concerns and refer families to community resources when needed.
Child Life Specialists
Cancer treatment can be frightening and difficult time for you and your child. Our Child Life Group is available to provide support and comfort through these trying times. Child Life specialists will explain and prepare your child for procedures and will accompany him or her through it. Our specialists also help children work through many of the day-to-day issues related to cancer such as how they might face peers after losing their hair to chemotherapy or how to deal with having to postpone favorite activities or sports while going through cancer treatment. Child Life Specialists also provide the following support:
- Developmentally appropriate play activities in playrooms or at the bedside
- Preparation for medical procedures
- Emotional support and distraction during medical procedures
- Exploration of the medical environment through play
- Sibling preparation and support
- Grief support and resources
Our Pharmacy staff is also an important part of the hematology/oncology team. Cancer drugs are extremely potent and must be given exactly as ordered by the doctor. Our pharmacists work closely with physicians and nurses to ensure that each child is receiving the right medications prescribed by his or her doctor.
Children’s Hematology/Oncology Program is led by nine of the region’s top pediatric hematologists/oncologists who are nationally known experts in childhood cancer. They have many years of clinical experience and are involved in national and international research that has helped develop therapies used around the world. These physicians include:
Minnie Abromowitch, M.D.
Jill C. Beck, M.D.
Peter F. Coccia, M.D.
Donald W. Coulter, M.D.
Bruce G. Gordon, M.D.
James L. Harper, M.D.
Christina Lettieri, M.D.
Stefanie R. Lowas, M.D.
Jennilee Vogel, APRN-NP
Additionally, an affiliation with the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, also located in Omaha, provides collaboration and access to the latest clinical cancer research and treatments.