DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic
The DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic provides diagnosis of and treatment for childhood hematologic and immunologic disorders and malignancies. The faculty, with expertise in the management of childhood leukemias and solid tumors, actively participates in treatment protocols of the Children’s Oncology Group, the national pediatric clinical oncology cooperative group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The division also offers patients’ families a comprehensive program of support services that is directed by a psychiatrist trained in both adult and child psychiatry.
Children with blood disorders and cancers are treated with the most advanced medicine by our team of specialists in hematology and oncology. We take a team approach to your child's care including board-certified pediatric hematologist-oncologists, pharmacists, social workers, and certified pediatric oncology nurses. We offer complete and compassionate care to kids with blood disorders and diseases, right here in Kentucky.
The clinic has a chemotherapy infusion area that includes a wide-screen TV and video games so kids can relax during their treatment. An on-site pharmacy, and leading-edge laboratory allows automated blood counts so we can adjust your child's treatment immediately. A sedation facility allows us to sedate children in our clinic for more involved procedures like bone marrow aspirations and lumbar punctures.
Our team evaluates and treats children with blood diseases and disorders like:
- Sickle cell disease
We treat malignancies like leukemia with a variety of therapies, sometimes in combination:
- Radiation therapy
Health care providers, please visit our referral page to refer your patient to this service.
- Bone tumors
- Brain tumors
- Hemophilia and other coagulation disorders
- Immunodeficiency syndromes
- Renal and hepatic tumors
- Sickle cell disease
- Storage diseases
- Children's Oncology Group Institution
- Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic
- Pediatric Vascular Anomaly Clinic
- Providing Assistance with School (PAWS)
The PAWS Program at the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic was created to be the educational liaison between the school, the family, and the medical team, on behalf of the patients we serve. The PAWS Program was established in August 2014 through the generous support of two non-profit organizations: Cowboy Up for a Cure and DanceBlue: For the Kids.
For more information on available services or if you have questions, please contact:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela
The PAWS Program is the link between a patient’s family, their school, and their medical team.
Mission: To be the educational liaison, on behalf of the patients and families, under the care of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology team at the University of Kentucky and to be the trusted guide that brings calm in the chaos of an unexpected illness.
Vision: To be the leading, trusted educational resource in the state of Kentucky that clearly communicates and establishes educational plans to ensure the academic success and school re-integration for the patients we serve.
Patients under the care of the University of Kentucky Pediatric Hematology/Oncology team can receive services from The PAWS Program. Referrals for the program can be made through the patient’s assigned Social Worker.
This program targets oncology patients in Kindergarten through 12th grade; however, is available for consult on pre-school and college-age students.
When a patient is referred to The PAWS Program, they will be assigned a School Intervention Specialist, who will work closely with the patient’s school, family, and medical team. The goal of these services is to minimize negative educational issues that arise due to the diagnosis, treatment plan, and frequent absences.
The services provided by The PAWS Program vary based on a patient’s individual needs. Some of the services include:
- Faculty In-Service - to educate staff on diagnosis, treatment plan, school implications, and recommended accommodations.
- Peer In-Service - to educate the classmates on a patient’s diagnosis, treatment plan, and how to be a good friend during this difficult time.
- School Meetings - School Intervention Specialist can attend school meetings (IEP, 504, etc), to offer insight on the educational impact of the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan
- Coordinate Homebound Instruction - School Intervention Specialist will work with the child’s medical team and school district to ensure proper documentation is submitted so that homebound services can begin.
- Identify Online Resources/Programs - Some online resources/programs can be found under the “helpful links” tab on this website. In addition to these resources/programs, the School Intervention Specialist will work with your child’s school district to identify resources/programs that can be used as a supplement from the district, to minimize the educational gaps that occur while on treatment.
- Neuropsychological Evaluation - Certain types of cancer and treatment regimens can cause cognitive change and developmental delays for our patients. If you have seen changes or delays in your child, you can discuss your concerns with the School Intervention Specialist. A referral for a neuropsychological evaluation may be helpful to determine if cognitive deficits exist.
- Consultation - The School Intervention Specialist is available for consultation as situations arise
Helpful Links for Teachers & Parents
- American Childhood Cancer Organization: Provide educational resources free of charge
- American Cancer Society: Returning to School
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: Cancer and School
- Health Link: Educational Issues Following Treatment (PDF)
Educational Games & Activities for Patients
- Virtual Learning Connections: Educational Websites and Online Learning. Target Age Group: K-8th Grade
- Power My Learning: A FREE website to personalize learning. Activities are aligned with Common Core. Target Age Group: K-12th Grade
- Scootpad: Personalize and Accelerate Learning. Target Age Group: K-8th Grade
- Quizlet: Online flashcards to work on a wide variety of content. Students can also create flashcards. Target Age Group: 3rd-12th Grade
The DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Kentucky Children's HospitalFourth Floor,UK Chandler Hospital - Pavilion HA800 Rose St.
Lexington KY 40536Fax 859-257-8978Thursday: 8:00 am-12:00 pm or by appointment.