East Tennessee Pediatric Cancer Care
In pediatric oncology/hematology, positivity is important. Children often
have a more difficult time dealing with chronic illnesses than adults
because they do not always fully understand what’s happening to
them and cannot properly express their needs. The East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital oncologists and hematologists are not only skilled in treating
diseases, they also know how to interact with children and teenagers to
help them through this experience. Treating the condition is important,
but supporting the patient and their family is just as much of a priority
for our team.
Looking Out for Long-Term Needs
Diagnoses for patients referred to a pediatric hematologist/oncologist
include all types of cancers and blood problems such as:
- Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)
- Sickle cell disease
Some patients' needs involve making a diagnosis and providing education,
while others require significant care. Children with sickle cell disease,
for example, require ongoing health maintenance to prevent such serious
complications as infections and strokes. Most cancer patients require
treatment and long-term follow-up evaluations.
Maintaining continuity in your child’s care is important. By working
with the same select few staff members, patients begin to develop a trust
with their medical provider. This allows for the patient to feel more
comfortable speaking up about what may be bothering them and for their
physician to learn more about their body language/personality so that
they can better identify how the child is mentally coping with their condition.
Our team becomes an ally to you and your family, offering whatever treatment
and advice we can to help you stay healthy in mind and body.
Where to Find Us
The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Clinic is located at 2018 Clinic Avenue in the South Tower on the second
floor in Knoxville. This facility is staffed with our oncology/hematology
experts and a full-time child life specialist who assists children in
understanding and coping with their diagnosis. We also host cancer support
groups for patients and family members where people with similar experiences
can meet and exchange information.
The Hematology/Oncology Clinic is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 Mondays through
Fridays. Call us at (865) 541-8266 with any questions.