Oncology services at Valley Children’s are offered through our Craycroft Cancer Center, one of the largest pediatric cancer centers on the West Coast. The Cancer Center is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Children’s is committed to exploring new, life-saving treatments whenever available. COG is a cooperative research collaborative of more than 2,000 physicians in the U.S. and Canada that provide multi-specialty care for children with cancer at hospitals that treat a significant number of cancer patients. COG members have been the primary innovators in new treatments for children with cancer.
Our Treatment Environments
Craycroft Cancer Center Outpatient Center
To reduce the stress and discomfort associated with a diagnosis of cancer, every effort is made to treat patients on an outpatient basis. The outpatient oncology unit has multiple exam rooms, treatment rooms and an infusion center. A play area is available in the infusion center and a dedicated Child Life Specialist is located in-house to provide play therapy to help children get more comfortable with tests and procedures. Treatments performed in the outpatient oncology unit at the Craycroft Cancer Center include:
- Chemotherapy infusions
- Blood tranfusions
- Bone marrow aspirations and biopsies
- Lumbar punctures
- Administration of chemotherapy into the space in the cerebral spinal fluid
Starship Craycroft Inpatient Oncology Unit
Though every effort is made to see patients on an outpatient basis, sometimes an inpatient stay is necessary. Valley Children’s Hospital's 36-bed inpatient unit is called Starship Craycroft in April 2007. With private rooms and starship themed décor, including rocket-shipped room number placecards, glowing starscapes set into room ceilings and an updated color palette, it’s a pleasant and welcoming environment for patients undergoing difficult medical treatments. Each room has its own high-efficiency filter system to protect children with weakened immune systems from chemotherapy treatments. All rooms have televisions, with in-room movies and video games on-demand, courtesy of Child Life. Each room has its own bathroom facilities and accommodations for overnight family stays. In addition to providing the same procedures and treatments performed on an outpatient basis, we provide care on an inpatient basis to children who:
- Have an acute illness in addition to their form of cancer
- Need more intensive chemotherapy
- Need numerous transfusions
- Are just starting their cancer treatment
- Have an acute illness because of their weakened immune systems from their chemotherapy treatment
Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program
Helping survivors manage their risk for long-term health problems, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program provides a comprehensive evaluation of the cancer survivor’s health and academic and social development, as well as patient education about the child's diagnosis, treatment, potential late effects and maintaining health.
Craycroft Cancer Center Team
Our multidisciplinary team includes eight pediatric oncologists/hematologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, interpreters, case workers and, when the need arises, a palliative care program.
Services Offered & Conditions Treated
- Acute Lymphoblastic (ALL)
- Acute Myeloid (AML)
- Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
- Brain Tumors:
- Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)
- Bone Tumors:
- Ewing’s Sarcoma
- Rhabdomyosarcoma (soft tissue tumor)
- Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer)
- Wilms’ Tumor (kidney cancer)
- Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH)
- Germ Cell Tumor
Physician Referral Guidelines
Pediatric Oncology Referral Guidelines
Pediatric Hematology Referral Guidelines
- Hematology: Treat oncology patients with blood disorders related to their cancer or treatment.
- Psychology/Neuropsychology: Our pediatric oncologists/hematologists meet weekly with Valley Children’s psychologists and neuro-psychologists to discuss inpatients and outpatients that have a psychological or neuropsychological need.
- Palliative Care: When the need arises.
- Neurosurgery: Valley Children’s pediatric neurosurgeons work with our pediatric oncologists/hematologists to obtain samples or to remove brain tumors.
- Pediatric Surgery: Pediatric surgeons often do the first biopsy and put in central lines so oncologists can have easy access for drawing blood and administering medication.
- ENT: Work with pediatric otolaryngologists to remove head and neck masses.
- Orthopaedics: Helps us with surgery on bone tumors
- Neurology: Neurologists help with patients that have brain tumors who may have a seizure disorder or need a neurologic assessment as a baseline prior to starting chemotherapy.
- Cardiology: Valley Children’s cardiologists perform EKGs and ECHOs for oncologists because chemotherapy treatment can affect the heart.
- Nephrology, Urology, Gastroenterology: Assist with complications from chemotherapy.
- Radiology: Medical imaging services are constantly utilized to re-access were we are at with a patient’s progress.