Pediatric Cancer Care Team
Trust your child’s care and treatment to the compassionate, expert team of board-certified pediatric oncologists at University Health.
Team Approach to Pediatric Cancer Care
Your child, adolescent or young adult will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to care. Each patient has a group of skilled, experienced cancer doctors and other specialists working together to discuss their treatment regularly. The result is the best possible care and treatment for your child.
Your Child’s Care Team
Work with our pediatric cancer care team made up of physicians from UT Health San Antonio and highly skilled staff at University Health. Our team knows how cancer affects children and understands their unique needs.
Benefit from the collective knowledge of our cancer care team, who work with you through each stage of your child’s cancer journey. Your care team may include the following health care providers.
Cancer doctors with special training to care for children and teens with cancer. Your oncology specialist knows how to diagnose and treat complex and rare cancers. This includes our specialized neuro-oncologists (brain and spinal cord) and ortho-oncologists (bone) cancer doctors.
Your pediatric oncologist is also trained to use chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy to treat cancer.
Doctors with experience using high-energy radiation therapies and equipment to treat, shrink and kill tumors in children, teens and young adults.
Specialty pediatric surgeons perform precise operations to remove tumors and tissue to diagnose or treat cancer.
Oncology Nurse Practitioners
Your child may get care from an oncology nurse practitioner with an advanced degree and special training to care for cancer patients. They work closely with pediatric cancer doctors and surgeons to assist with cancer care and treatments.
Oncology registered nurses have extra training to provide care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. They give bedside care in the hospital or general care at a clinic, administer therapies, monitor side effects and provide education about what to expect.
Knowledgeable, empathetic psychologists with pediatric training provide emotional support and counseling for your child and family throughout the cancer journey.
Social workers offer age-appropriate support, resources and information for your child and family about:
- Community services
- Financial assistance
- Home health needs
- Palliative care
- School and education needs
- Support groups
- Transportation to appointments
Child Life Specialists
Child life specialists help young patients understand and cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Your child life specialist will explain upcoming procedures, provide time for play that helps kids express feelings and concerns about medical care, and celebrate treatment milestones.
Supportive Care and Services Team
Get individualized services and support from other health care staff for your child’s specific needs, such as:
- Adolescent and young adult (AYA) nurse navigator and social worker
- Genetic counselors
- Pediatric palliative care team
- Rehabilitation therapists
- Spiritual care chaplains