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Pediatric Blood Disorders & Cancers


Blood disorders keep your child’s blood from fully doing its job – supplying organs with oxygen and nutrients, fighting off infections and keeping the body at the right temperature. For excellent medical care, turn to UNM Health System’s board-certified pediatric hematologists and oncologists. Your child benefits from these doctors’ expertise in blood diseases and cancers, as well as from access to the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of the country’s highest-rated facilities for cancer care.

Conditions We Treat

Count on our pediatric hematologists and oncologists for an accurate diagnosis and high-quality treatment of conditions such as:
•    Anemia
•    Blood clotting disorders
•    Hemoglobin diseases
•    Sickle cell disease
•    Leukemia
•    Lymphoma
•    Brain tumors
•    Solid tumors
•    Various histiocytosis diseases

Hemophilia Care

In our Ted R. Montoya Hemophilia Program and Treatment Center, your child with hemophilia will get excellent medical care, physical therapy, psychosocial support and information about financial aid and community resources.  

Treatments for Your Child

We offer the following, as needed:
•    Chemotherapy uses medication to destroy cancer cells.
•    Cord blood transplant provides healthy blood cells from donated umbilical cord blood.
•    Immunotherapy or biotherapy, helps the immune system fight cancer.
•    Iron infusions treat anemia by giving the body extra iron.
•    Transfusions deliver healthy blood cells, platelets or plasma through an IV.

Specialized Hospital Care

Your child will get high-quality care at UNM Children’s Hospital in New Mexico’s only pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient unit. You’ll appreciate our compassionate nurses who are certified in caring for children with blood disorders and cancers.

Pediatric Infusion Unit

If your child needs infusion (IV) therapy for more than an hour at a time, he or she will spend time in the family-friendly pediatric infusion unit located on the sixth floor of the UNM Children’s Hospital. Nurses specially trained in pediatric infusion therapy will provide care, and Child Life specialists are there to help young patients feel comfortable. Set in a Star Wars theme, televisions, video games and more fill the room during the timed therapies.

Your child might visit the PIU if he or she needs to receive an intravenous medication requiring more than an hour to infuse for:
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biotherapies
  • Immunoglobulin
  • Blood transfusions
  • Specialized medicines for other conditions

Cancer Survivors Clinic

If you or your child survived cancer as a youth, seek follow-up care annually at our Survivorship Clinic. You’ll get a health-risk assessment, screenings for cancer-related physical or emotional issues, and advice on staying in the best possible health. You’ll also meet with a variety of medical professionals – such as a pediatric cancer doctor, nurse, neuropsychologist, social worker and Child Life specialist – on a single day for your convenience.  

Call 505-272-4461 to request care for children off treatment from two to 10 years.

Work with your cancer care team to create a health record of your treatment. Share the completed record with doctors you visit in the future to help them give you the best care.

Contact Us

Call 505-272-4461 to contact the pediatric hematology and oncology clinic directly.

Providers only, please call 505-272-2000 to refer patients.

Location

UNM Hospital
Ambulatory Care Center
Pediatric Clinic, 3rd floor [PDF]
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-272-4461

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