Patient + Family Resources

When a child is diagnosed with cancer or hematologic disease, it affects the entire family, which is why we have devoted significant resources to help parents and siblings, as well as the patients themselves. From support groups to Child Life Specialists to a school reentry program, we offer an array of outstanding patient and family support services that provide comfort to families.

Help along the way

We provide our patients and their families with a large care team to provide support throughout a child's time with us. 

  • team of doctors
  • child life specialists–help our patients deal with the emotional trauma of serious disease and invasive treatment. These specialists focus on child development and help our patients continue to feel like kids while they are receiving treatment. Our Child Life Program is designated to help patients and their families cope with the stress of illness and hospitalization through play. They determine the need for tutoring, initiate camp and wish applications. They also facilitate support groups for siblings (VIBS) and teens (Shooting Stars).
  • social workers–are available to help you navigate through issues surrounding insurance, housing needs, travel, child care, parking and transportation. The Social Worker is available to help with many feelings and questions which arise at diagnosis, as well as throughout the course of your child's illness.
  • administrative specialists
  • visiting staff

Family friendly housing and amenities

Through generous gifts from the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and other donors, we are able to provide our patients and their families with world-class clinical units and nurturing housing options. Learn more about the Neely House >

Support services, groups and other programs

We coordinate a number of programs and groups to offer hope and support for families who are dealing with a cancer or blood disease diagnosis. Learn more about our programs for patients, siblings and parents/caregivers >