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Hematology / Oncology Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What are your office hours?

A. Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM

Q. Do you ever have evening or weekend hours?

A. We do not have weekend or evening hours at the present time.

Q. How long can I expect our appointment to be?

A. The length of your appointment depends on the nature of the reason for your appointment.  Diagnostic visits are generally two hours. If blood tests are required, that may take an additional one to two hours for the visit with the practitioner and time for blood tests to be performed. Treatment visits can last from two  to eight hours depending on the nature of the visit.

Q. Will there be tests needed?

A. Most patients will receive a finger prick blood test. Further blood work is often required and will be performed during this visit.

Q. How long will it take to get results?

A. In most cases results are back within seven to ten days.

Q. Are any of these procedures painful?

A. Finger pricks, blood tests, and intravenous line placement are the usual procedures that may be done in a first visit.  As a clinic in a children’s hospital we strive to reduce pain and discomfort as much as possible.

Q. What kind of health care professionals will we meet with?

A. We have skilled nurse practitioners, physician assistants and post graduate doctors training in pediatric hematologyoncology. You will then see an attending physician who will explain your child’s condition and answer any questions you may have.

Q. What types of illnesses do you treat?

A. We treat a large variety of illnesses that include: anemia coagulation problems, white blood cell deficiencies and bone marrow issues.

Q. Will there be anyone to help my child cope with tests that may hurt her/him?

A. Yes! We have specially trained professionals who will make your child as comfortable as possible during all procedures.

Q. If my child has cancer, do you have experts in all fields?

A. We have renowned senior cancer doctors with expertise in even the rarest cancers of childhood.  Our affiliation with the Children’s Oncology Group also puts us in contact with a network of researchers and cutting edge protocols for all types of cancers.

Q. Do you only treat children with cancer?

A. No, we treat patients with all types of illnesses of the blood as well.

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