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The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a partnership between The Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska

Contact The Nebraska Medical Center cancer hotline today at 800.999.5465.


www.nebraskamed.com/cancer

Pediatric Oncology Services

Introduction

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Pediatric Oncology Program offers comprehensive services in the areas of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer treatment, patient care, and research. All of the pediatric oncologists are board-certified and well-published in the professional peer-review literature. Supplementary care to our patients is provided from several subspecialties, including infectious diseases, nephrology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, radiation oncology, surgery, psychiatry, and bone marrow transplantation. The program participates as full members in national cooperative treatment groups including the Children's Oncology Group and Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium.

The pediatric oncologists at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and Children's Hospital and Medical Center have expertise in the management of all childhood cancers and have special interest in the treatment of the following childhood malignancies and treatment strategies.

Special Expertise

  •  Acute Leukemias
  •  Bone Marrow/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (BMT)
  •  Bone Tumors (osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma)
  •  Brain Tumors
  •  Neuroblastoma
  •  Non-Hodgkin's and Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  •  Rhabdomyosarcoma
  •  Wilms' Tumor

General Information

Pediatric Hot Line

402.559.7257

Referring Physician Hot Line

402.559.7257

Fax

402.559.6782

Location

Omaha, Nebraska

Outreach Clinic

Lincoln, Nebraska (50 miles from Omaha)-meets once a week

Facilities

Pediatric Oncology services are provided at both The Nebraska Medical Center and at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center, about four miles away. The Pediatric BMT program is located at The Nebraska Medical Center.

The Pediatric Oncology Program at The Nebraska Medical Center treats pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients diagnosed with complicated cancer cases. Oncology patients are hospitalized at the 20 bed pediatric ward and eight bed pediatric intensive care unit where the same multidisciplinary team that spearheads care for pediatric stem cell transplant patients also cares for general pediatric oncology patients. This team consists of nurse case managers, pediatric nurse practitioners, social workers, child life specialists, teachers, a dietician, and OT/PT.

The Oncology/Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU) is a state-of-the-art, entirely HEPA-filtered facility with 24 suites, each with a private bathroom and shower to serve cancer patients who require extended hospital stays during their treatment. Each room has a monitor near the door detailing the air pressure inside. These are sophisticated controls to ensure each room is positively pressurized. The amount of fresh air supplied to the room is greater than the hallway. It keeps dust and other various airborne contaminants out. This is a basic need for OHSCU patients. Two rooms on the floor are reserved for isolation patients, complete with a built-in pass-through for medications. The floor is arranged in such a way that allows medical staff better visibility of patient rooms and monitors for increased safety. All nurses working on this unit are specialty trained in oncology, ICU nursing, and complications of bone marrow transplantation.

There are 10 cooperative care suites located in the Lied Transplant Center for patients to utilize during recovery once they are ambulatory. These rooms provide a home-like environment, featuring a private bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchenette for the patient and their care provider. A patient resource center is also located in the Lied Transplant Center and provides traditional library offerings, current medical information available in the form of books, magazines and videos, computer terminals with Internet and e-mail access, fax machine, and copy machines.

Currently under construction, the new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, a joint venture between The Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is scheduled to open in 2017. Health care providers and researchers will work side-by-side in state-of-the-art, integrated facilities to speed up breakthroughs in the lab and ensure personalized patient care. The largest project ever on campus, the $323 million facility will include a 252,000 square foot cancer research tower and 323,000 square foot clinical treatment facility which includes ambulatory and inpatient services.

Travel Assistance

Volunteer services and social services can be arranged to pick up family at the airport and assist with housing reservations.

Lodging

A Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus and provides shuttle service to the hospital.

Nebraska House, an additional site for family stays, is located on campus. Social workers assist families with lodging arrangements.

At Children's Hospital and Medical Center, The Carolyn Scott Rainbow House offers lodging to patients and families receiving treatment at Children's Hospital and Medical Center and associated clinics.

Social Support

Social workers are available for consultation for all pediatric oncology patients to meet their needs. Child Life and Educational Support Services are also available. Patients are invited to participate in summer camps. Camp CoHoLo and Camp Quality are operated for children with cancer with staff supplemented by volunteer physicians and nurses.

Home Health Care

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center uses home health care services with trained and experienced pediatric oncology nurses to provide medical services at home. Children's Hospital and Medical Center also uses home health care services with specially trained pediatric nurses.

Ages Treated

Children, adolescents and young adults to age 24 years.

Clinical and Research Information

Pediatric Oncology Director

Bruce G. Gordon, MD, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Operate Multidisciplinary Teams

Each patient is assigned a primary pediatric oncologist, nurse, and social worker who will work with the family from diagnosis through long-term follow-up.

Cooperative Group Membership

Children's Oncology Group (COG)

Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium

Activities in Cooperative Group

Oncologists are Principal Investigators on numerous studies.

Average Number of Pediatric Clinical Trials

40

Pediatric Clinical Trial Coordinator

Tamra Olson - 402.559.8935

Research Efforts

Multiple collaborative projects with Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center physicians and scientists of the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer include research in areas of hematopoiesis (blood cell formation), tumor cell detection and positive cell selection.

Special Expertise

Acute Leukemias
The pediatric oncology program actively participates in Children's Oncology Group protocols for newly diagnosed and relapsed patients and also provides hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Bone Marrow Transplantation
The Pediatric Oncology Program offers a full range of transplant services including autologous, related and unrelated allogeneic, peripheral blood stem cell, and cord blood stem cell transplantation. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a National Marrow Donor Program designated search and marrow-harvesting center. Our transplant physicians have special expertise in transplant strategies for treatment of acute leukemias, Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, neuroblastoma, aplastic anemia, and a variety of inherited disorders.

Bone Tumors (osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma)
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center program consists of a multidisciplinary approach with close collaboration among physicians in orthopedic surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, prosthetics, and pathology of bone sarcomas. The program specializes in limb-sparing surgical approaches.

Brain Tumors
At Children's Hospital and Medical Center, a multidisciplinary brain tumor program is in operation.

Lymphomas
By utilizing innovative local and national cooperative group treatment protocols, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center has demonstrated excellent results in cases of disease refractory to conventional chemotherapy.

Neuroblastoma
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center participates in Children's Oncology Group protocols for newly diagnosed patients. The program offers peripheral blood stem cell transplantation with local and national cooperative group protocols.

Rhabdomyosarcoma
Some of the leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood sarcomas are at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Wilms' Tumor
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center participates in the Children's Oncology Group and National Wilms' Tumor Study Group protocols for newly diagnosed patients and offers peripheral blood stem cell transplantation with local protocols.

Statistics

Percent of children, adolescents and young adults treated in each age range at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

Age Range

0-1

2-5

6-12

13+

Percent Treated

2%

24%

38%

36%

 

Percent of children treated in each age range at Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Age Range

0-1

2-5

6-12

13+

Percent Treated

14%

22%

39%

25%

 

Pediatric Oncology Program: The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

No. of Inpatient Beds

No. of Admissions

Average Length of Stay (days)

No. of New Outpatients

Total Outpatient Visits

No. of Bone Marrow Transplants

No. of Oncologists

20

144

9.04

105

1155

8

10*

 

Pediatric Oncology Program: Children's Hospital and Medical Center

No. of Inpatient Beds

No. of Admissions

Average Length of Stay (days)

No. of New Outpatients

Total Outpatient Visits

No. of Bone Marrow Transplants

No. of Oncologists

88

332

6.5

160

3,024

0

10*

*Faculty participates in care at both facilities.