Hematology & Oncology

When your child receives a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis, it might seem like time stands still. You’re scared. You have questions — and we completely understand. At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we are here to guide you, your child, and your family.

Hematology and oncology are two related medical specialties that focus on cancer (oncology) and blood disorders (hematology). At Children’s, we provide care for kids of all ages.

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Phone 402-955-3950 | Fax 402-955-3972

What Sets Children’s Apart?

We are the only pediatric hematology/oncology service in the state:

  • Our clinic offers care for brain tumor patients that goes way beyond just the tumor. Patients can see an ophthalmologist for vision issues; a neurologist for neurological issues; an oncologist for cancer diagnosis and treatment-specific problems; and other specialists — all in one location.
  • Our hospital is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), an organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research worldwide. As a member of COG, our physicians and staff participate in the latest research and treatment protocols.

“As a pediatric oncologist, I take care of kids when they’re really sick, but I also have the opportunity to follow them and their families over time. That means I get to see them when they’re doing better, too. When they’re done with therapy, I get to have that continued relationship. That’s the part of my job that makes me able to do what I do — seeing how resilient these kids are.”

— Jill Beck, M.D., Hematology/Oncology Physician, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Conditions We Treat

Our team is prepared to diagnose, treat, and provide follow-up care for a wide range of childhood cancers and blood-related conditions, including:

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

    A type of cancer where the bone marrow produces too many immature white blood cells — called lymphocytes — that are unable to help the body fight off infections.
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    A type of cancer where the bone marrow makes too many abnormal blood cells that begin to build up in the body.
  • Anemia

    When the body does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
  • Brain Tumors

    Abnormal cell growth in the brain or spinal cord. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma

    A type of cancer that impacts the lymph system (a part of the immune system). Patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma have a type of abnormal white blood cell — called Reed Sternberg cells — in their lymph nodes.
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

    A bleeding disorder where the body does not have enough platelets because the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys them.
  • Neuroblastoma

    A cancerous tumor that develops in nerve tissue. This type of cancer usually begins in the adrenal glands (above the kidneys), though it can also be found in nerve tissue in the neck, chest, abdomen, or spine.
  • Non Hodgkin Lymphoma

    A type of cancer where the lymph system produces abnormal cells that lead to tumors.
  • Other Conditions We Treat

    • Hemophilia
    • Bleeding/Clotting Disorders
    • Liver Cancer (Hepatoblastoma)
  • Sarcomas

    Cancer that begins in soft tissue, such as muscles or tendons. Sarcoma tumors may develop anywhere these types of tissue cells are found, but they usually form in a person’s arms, legs, chest, or abdomen.
  • Sickle Cell Disease

    A congenital (present at birth) inherited disease that causes the body to produce an abnormal kind of hemoglobin and red blood cells. These abnormal cells are not able to travel through blood vessels easily, which can lead to pain and organ damage.

Our Specialists

At Children’s, we recognize that a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis can impact more than just your child’s physical health. For instance, staying caught up in school can be a challenge — especially for children who have to stay home because their immune systems are weakened during cancer treatment. And while children tend to be very resilient in the face of serious diagnoses, taking care of their emotional health is just as important as taking care of their physical health.

In addition to the treatment team, our social workers and child life specialists are here to support our patients and their families in addressing everything from questions about insurance to how to explain a diagnosis to siblings. And our Pastoral & Spiritual Care staff are also available 24/7 to patients and families of all faiths.

Children’s Hematology/Oncology Program is led by the state’s only pediatric hematologists/ oncologists, who are nationally known experts in childhood cancer. They have decades of clinical experience and are involved in national and international research that has led to some of the cancer treatments used around the world.

Minnie Abromowitch, M.D.

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Jill C. Beck, M.D.

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Donald W. Coulter, M.D.

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James B. Ford, D.O.

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Bruce G. Gordon, M.D.

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James L. Harper, M.D.

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Stefanie R. Lowas, M.D.

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Harold M. Maurer, M.D.

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Sachit A. Patel, M.D.

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Joann Feik NP

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Lisa Halbur, APRN-NP

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Jenilee Vogel NP

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Katrina C. Zendejas, APRN

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What To Do Next

For Patients

Schedule An Appointment

To make an appointment, contact the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Program at 402-955-3950.

For Referring Providers

The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).

Learn more about referring patients.

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