The Paediatric Haemato-Oncology Unit diagnoses and treats children and young adults with cancer who may require stem cell or bone marrow transplantation as part of their treatment. We understand that having treatment for cancer can be a difficult and confusing time for many children and their families. Our specialist nurses and support staff are specially trained to work with children, offering you and your family all the support you need during the treatment programme.
Our brand new, purpose built unit has a dedicated suite of rooms for children having treatment for haemato-oncology conditions. We carry out autologous transplants (taken from the child), supported by the use of high dose chemotherapy.
In addition, there are two rooms which are equipped with negative pressure isolation (a ventilation system that prevents infection spreading from room to room) for children during their most vulnerable phases of care, when they are having intensive chemotherapy and stem cell/bone marrow transplantation. There is also a room reserved for families, offering you both privacy and access to support whilst your child is receiving treatment.
The haemato-oncology unit is led by a team of consultants from both UCLH and The Royal Marsden. The nursing team works with both children and young adults.
We have the facilities to care for all haemato-oncological patients, with treatments including:
- Oral chemotherapy (medication that is swallowed)
- Intravenous (IV) chemotherapy (medication that is injected)
- Lumbar puncture (where a needle is put into the lower spine during intrathecal chemotherapy)
- Intrathecal chemotherapy (where chemotherapy medication is injected into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds the brain and spinal cord)