INPATIENT / OUTPATIENT

The clinical program moved in October 2010 to the new RCHSD Acute Care Pavilion, occupying the entire second floor with a 38-bed inpatient unit which includes a 10-bed BMT unit, and an outpatient clinic containing an Infusion Center, procedure room, and exam rooms. The Center also includes a pharmacy, schoolroom, activity room, adolescent lounge, and conference rooms. The clinical team is made up of dedicated hematology/oncology physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, parent liaisons, dieticians, and translators.

There are over 14,000 outpatient visits per year and an average daily inpatient census of 35 patients. Approximately 200 new oncology patients are diagnosed per year, 125 patients are seen per year in the Sickle Cell Disease / Hemoglobin-opathy program, and over 400 patients are seen in Hemophilia/Bleeding Disorder/ Thrombosis program. Approximately 25 related and unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) are performed each year. The program is a National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Unrelated Donor Transplant Center, and has achieved accreditation by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapeutics (FACT). The HSCT program is a joint program with the adult HSCT program at UCSD, and includes combined endeavors in clinical care, quality, outcomes, and research.

The Division also manages the following programs: 

  • Neuro-Oncology, a multidisciplinary team involved in the care of patients with central nervous system malignancies. This includes a specific Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board. 
  • Long Term Follow-Up, which monitors survivors of childhood cancer who are more than two years from the completion of therapy, and which provides a wide range of services through a multidisciplinary team focused on issues affecting that population.
  • Palliative Care, which offers assistance with medical decision-making, clinical care coordination, and family support for patients and their families undergoing intensive therapy and/or facing difficult decisions.
  • Integrative Medicine, which offers support for patients through interventions such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and nutrition counseling.
  • A Pain Management Program, managed by the Anesthesiology Department, works closely with the hematology/oncology patients providing pain control therapy and sedation for patients undergoing procedures, such as bone marrow aspiration/biopsy and lumbar puncture.