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Pediatric Oncology Services

Introduction

The University of Nebraska Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Program offers comprehensive services in the areas of childhood 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 UNMC Eppley and Children's Hospital 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

Lymphomas

Neuroblastoma

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Wilms' Tumor

General Information

Pediatric Hot Line

402.559.7257

General Information

800.999.5465

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, about four miles away. The Pediatric BMT program is located at The Nebraska Medical Center.

The Pediatric Oncology Program hospitalizes general pediatric oncology patients on the 20-bed pediatric ward and eight-bed pediatric intensive care unit. 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, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a social worker, child life specialists, teachers, a dietician, and OT/PT.

The Oncology/Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU) is a 25-bed inpatient oncology unit housed on the seventh floor of The Nebraska Medical Center University Tower. This area consists of 20 private, HEPA-filtered rooms used for the inpatient care of both pediatric and adult transplant patients and complex oncology patients. Each room has intensive care capabilities for monitoring ventilator management, hemodynamic capabilities, and dialysis. All nurses working on this unit are specially trained in oncology, ICU nursing, and complications of bone marrow transplantation.

There are 22 Cooperative Care Suites located on each of the fourth through seventh floors of the Lied Transplant Center for patients to utilize during their recovery once they are ambulatory. These suites 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 located on the second floor of 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.

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 UNMC campus. Potter's House, a restored mansion, is available and both are served by shuttle service to the hospital. Restrictions apply.

Nebraska House, a dormitory-style facility, is located on campus. Social workers assist families with lodging arrangements.

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

UNMC uses home health care services with trained and experienced pediatric oncology nurses to provide medical services at home. Children's Hospital also uses home health care services with specially trained pediatric nurses.

Ages Treated

Children of all ages are treated.

Clinical and Research Information

Pediatric Oncology Directors

Peter F. Coccia, MD, UNMC Eppley

Minnie Abromowitch, MD, Children's Hospital

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

39

Pediatric Clinical Trial Coordinator

Sheree Gilmore - 402.559.8864

Research Efforts

Multiple collaborative projects with cancer researchers, physicians, and scientists of the Eppley Cancer Institute include research in areas of hematopoiesis (blood cell formation), tumor cell detection, and positive cell selection.

Special Expertise

Acute Leukemias

UNMC actively participates in Children's Oncology Group protocols for newly diagnosed patients and offers local rescue hematopoietic stem cell transplant and other rescue protocols.

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. UNMC 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, Wilms' tumor, aplastic anemia, and a variety of inherited disorders.

Bone Tumors (osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma)

UNMC's program consists of a multidisciplinary approach, and includes leading 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, a multidisciplinary brain tumor program is in operation.

Lymphomas

By utilizing innovative local and national cooperative group treatment protocols, UNMC has demonstrated excellent results in cases of disease refractory to conventional chemotherapy.

Neuroblastoma

UNMC 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 UNMC.

Wilms' Tumor

UNMC 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 treated in each age range at UNMC

Age Range

0-1

2-5

6-12

13+

Percent Treated

2%

24%

38%

16%

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

Age Range

0-1

2-5

6-12

13+

Percent Treated

14%

22%

39%

25%

Pediatric Oncology Program, 2007: UNMC

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

127

1124

8

6

Pediatric Oncology Program, 2007: Children's Hospital

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

3

*3 faculty members cover both facilities.