Treating Children with Cancer

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Pediatric oncology nurse practitioner Brooke Bella, APRN, FNP-BC, spends some quiet time with a patient

At the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, children with cancer are offered advanced treatment by board-certified pediatric oncologists. Paul Finch, MD, specializes in diagnosing, treating and managing the care of children and teens with cancer (leukemia, lymphoma and/or tumors), diseases of the blood cells and bleeding disorders.

The pediatric oncology program is housed on the second floor and features its own waiting area, treatment and recovery rooms and five exam rooms, with separate treatment areas for children and adolescents. The unit features child-size furniture, toys, games, movies and books, as well as computers and computer games, to offer much-needed distraction for the children and their family members during treatment and recovery.

Our youngest patients are also cared for by certified pediatric oncology nurses who understand the special needs of children with cancer and coordinate care for patients from birth into their early 20s. Along with administering chemotherapy, the pediatric oncology nurse schedules follow-up appointments, CT scans, MRIs and other appointments, providing crucial continuity of care.