PEDIATRIC HEMATO-ONCOLOGY IN ISRAEL
This is a designated service comprising Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinics, Day Care Units, Inpatient Wards and Bone Marrow Transplantation Units. The services also provide care for pediatric patients affected by Hematological Diseases, Immune Deficiencies, Thalassemia, Inborn Errors in metabolic processes, and Bone Marrow Failure. The main focus is on children; however, young adults (up to the age of 30) who have solid tumors characteristic of the childhood age group, also receive care.
Inpatient Wards are located in proximity to the Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Hospitalized patients are attended to on a daily basis by the treating physicians and medical staff as well as the Hemato-Oncology nursing staff and specialists. Inpatient wards are innovative diagnostic and treatment units. The rooms are special components that facilitate strict isolation and provide equipment for positive pressure and air filtration through HEPA filters. Together with the assistance of all the pediatric sub-specialists, teams are specifically trained to care for the patients’ and their families’ special needs. Emergency services are available 24/7 and are provided by on-call and duty physicians. Patients undertaking aggressive chemotherapy treatments are cared for in the adjoining Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which also comprises two special isolation rooms with the proper equipment and conditions to meet patients` special needs.
Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic and Day Care Units
Designated physicians and support teams examine, diagnose and treat several hundred patients a year in ambulatory settings. These are major settings for the treatment of pediatric patients suffering from cancer and chronic blood diseases, aimed at providing coordinated medical care & psychosocial assistance for the children and their families. The teams comprise doctors and nurses, as well as a team of experts in the areas of Social Work, Psychology, and Art and Movement Therapy. For the most part, the treatment and medical procedures are provided in ambulatory settings. The day care units consist of a Procedure Room (where bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and intrathecal injections are conducted under general anesthesia), examination rooms, chemotherapy rooms, playrooms, psychosocial support rooms, and a conference room.
Palliative Home Care Units
A distinct integrated service encompassing palliative home care for pediatric patients with end stage disease is offered with the aim of enhancing quality of life for the children and their families. Pediatric Palliative home care nurses, specializing in pain control, provide this service, particularly in end-stage disease. Family support is delivered by social workers, psychologists and Pediatric Hemato-Oncologists. Palliative home care nurses coordinate treatments between all services provided at the hospitals and within the community.
In addition to Outpatient and Inpatient Facilities, we offer Stem Cell Transplant Units and a unique Hospice for pediatric patients, attending to Israeli children and youngsters referred from diverse countries.
The leading Israeli research centers in pediatric oncology operate within a network of strong collaborations with some of the key centers of Pediatric Oncology in Europe and the USA, including St. Anna Children’s Hospital in Austria, the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and St. Jude Children`s Research Hospital. All teams are actively engaged in the academic and research community and attend global and national meetings in the disciplines of Hematology, BMT, Pediatric Oncology, Neurosurgery and Oncology, as well as global conferences held on a yearly basis, such as ASH, SIOP, ASCO, AAICR, and EBMT.