Cancer & Blood Disorders Center Pharmacy Services
The Cancer Center team includes a dedicated clinical pharmacist from the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pharmacy, who is assigned exclusively to support patients from the Center.
The pharmacist provides patient care recommendations on pharmacotherapy and assesses drug interactions, drug dosages, and drug effects. They accompany the Cancer Center team on daily rounds and provide counseling to families of patients regarding medication use and administration. They also help with the transition to home care, ensuring that each patient has appropriate medications when leaving the hospital.
The pharmacist is just a phone call away for parents once they are home, providing ongoing support with medications, as needed. The provision of a clinical pharmacist to serve the Cancer Center offers a continuum of care for patients, ensuring that a specialist familiar with each child’s unique needs and physiological response is available throughout the course of treatment.
In addition, the hospital’s Outpatient Pharmacy supports the Center by stocking the highly specialized drugs required for the care of cancer patients. The Center also coordinates the selective use and storage of National Cancer Institute research drugs.
Apheresis Therapy: Leukapheresis
Leukapheresis involves removal of a patient’s white blood cells from the circulating blood. It’s often used as a treatment during leukemia if the blood has too many white blood cells.
Apheresis Therapy: Red Cell Exchange
Apheresis therapy is a medical procedure that’s used to remove certain blood components when problems exist. Red cell exchange involves removing problematic red blood cells from the blood. It’s often used as a treatment for sickle cell disease.
Apheresis Therapy: Therapeutic Plasma Exchange
Therapeutic plasma exchange involves removing problematic plasma from the blood.
Immunotherapy is a different modality of cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s immune system to fight cancerous cells.
CD34 is an antigen on the surface of a very early blood cell that is important in the formation of the bone marrow.
Collection of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
The body’s stem cells can be used for treatments for a number of different disease, including certain cancers and non-malignant conditions.
Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count is a common blood test that’s often taken during physicals or other medical checkups. It provides an evaluation of overall health, and also checks for certain disorders such as infection, anemia, leukemia, immune system disorders and other diseases.
Head and Neck Cancer and Tumor Surgery
In the pediatric population there are variety of tumors that can originate in the head and neck. Common tumors are lymphoma, salivary tumors and thyroid cancer.
Hydroxyurea is a medicine that can help children and adults with sickle cell disease.
Photopheresis is a medical procedure that can treat graft versus host disease. It involves suppressing the immune system to prevent it from reacting adversely on the skin.
T Cell Collection by Apheresis
The body’s T cells are a type of white blood cell that can be used for treatments for a number of different diseases including cancer. The process of collecting these T cells is known as T cell collection by apheresis.