The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD), 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 CCBD 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:
The CCBD 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 CCBD uses a team approach to plan and deliver clinical care that is targeted to meet the needs of each child.
Among the services offered:
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.
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.