For most families, the first visit is at our Hematology and Oncology Clinic, sometimes called “Hem/Onc” (heem-onk). You and your child will meet with several different members of the healthcare team.
Here is what you can expect:
- Lab appointment. A nurse will draw your child’s blood or place a catheter into their vein. This is called an intravenous (IV) line. This takes about 20 minutes. Blood test results take about 1 hour.
- Meet with your provider for an exam. Depending on your child’s condition, they will see a cancer doctor or blood specialist. This takes 45 to 90 minutes. Learn more about the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team.
- Other tests or biopsies. Your child may need other tests such as X-rays or tests of their blood or spit to look for changes in genes. Doctors may need to remove a small piece of tissue to learn more about your child’s condition. This is called a needle aspiration or biopsy. Some procedures require anesthesia so your child stays still and does not feel pain.
- Meet other specialists or a social worker. Your family may meet with other specialists who help care for your child, such as a surgeon, radiation oncologist or radiologist. You may also meet with a social worker, who helps your family deal with the challenges of your child’s condition. Throughout your child’s care, a social worker will connect you to support services and help plan for a hospital stay, if needed.
- Answers to your questions. We will try to answer all of your questions. Please ask if anything is not clear.
- Informing your primary care provider. Each provider who sees your child will write notes for your child’s medical chart. We will send a copy to your child’s primary care provider.