The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, formerly known as the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, based at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is the clinical site for pediatric hematology/oncology care at UT Southwestern Medical Center, treating cancers in children, including pediatric leukemia. The Gill Center is one of the largest pediatric hematology/oncology programs in the United States and is internationally known as a center of excellence in patient care, education, clinical and laboratory research, and patient advocacy.
Clinical programs include:
- Childhood Cancer Survivor Program (ACE)
- Comprehensive Orthopedic Oncology
- General Hematology
- Hemophilia and Thrombosis
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Stem Cell Transplantation
The Gill Center handles more than 12,000 outpatient visits (8,500 oncology, 3,500 hematology) and 1,300 admissions per year. UT Southwestern physicians also provide a consult service for newborn patients with hematological conditions delivered at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
The Gill Center uses a team approach to plan and deliver clinical care that is targeted to meet the needs of each child.
Among the services offered:
- Child life specialists
- Child psychiatry
- Nutritional support
- Pastoral care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Prosthetics services
- Social work
The staff includes oncology clinical nurse practitioners, sickle cell disease clinical nurse practitioners, and a clinical nurse practitioner devoted to the care of hemophilia patients. Outpatient clinics are fully staffed by clinic nurses and have defined doctor-nurse teams to care for patients.
About Blood Disorders
Blood is the life-maintaining fluid that circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries. It carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.
Because the functions of blood are many and complex, there are many disorders that require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. These conditions include anemias, bleeding disorders, as well as cancers of the blood.
Hematology is the scientific study of blood and blood-forming tissues. A hematologist is a physician who specializes in the functions and disorders of the blood.