There are many reasons why families in the Central Texas region trust and value the medical care provided by the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) of Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX.
Integrated Care for Kids
As the only comprehensive children’s cancer center in Central Texas, we embrace a full-circle approach to care. From the moment a child is diagnosed with a serious pediatric cancer or blood disorder, his or her life can become consumed with the illness. Each of our programs has been specially designed to help children and their families successfully navigate this frightening and unfamiliar territory.
The CBCC takes care of the whole family. All CBCC patients are assigned to a primary care team consisting of a physician, nurse practitioner and nurse. Patients and their families will always see familiar faces each time they visit the CBCC.
In addition to providing inpatient and outpatient medical treatment we take great care to address the child’s entire spectrum of physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs with an experienced team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, child life specialists, social workers, psychologists and dietitians. This psychosocial team provides an integrated approach to care for the mind, body and spirit that’s essential for helping children with chronic illnesses.
Inpatient care for patients with childhood cancer or blood disorders is provided on the 4 North inpatient unit on the 4th floor of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. Children may be admitted for care during certain times of treatment for cancer or blood disorders.
Care includes diagnostic tests, surgeries, overnight or multiple days of chemotherapy infusions, or when a child becomes seriously ill and requires frequent monitoring or treatments. The inpatient unit includes 24 private inpatient rooms, a playroom, a teen activity room and a special family lounge. Patients and families have access to psychosocial support provided by a team of social workers and child life specialists.
Outpatient care is provided at the CBCC outpatient clinic located at ‘Specially for Children, 1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Suite 401. Patients make clinic visits with the medical team and undergo treatments for cancer or blood disorders, sometimes several times per week.
The outpatient clinic consists of 13 exam rooms, clinical team offices, the Cancer Survivorship Center, infusion areas for all patients and a special infusion area for teens, an art room and a family kitchen. Patients and families have access to psychosocial support provided by the CBCC psychosocial team, consisting of social workers, child life specialists and psychologists.
Texas Child Study Center Embedded Behavioral Clinic
The Texas Child Study Center is a unique collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and The University of Texas at Austin Educational Psychology Program. The clinic offers both medical and mental health services to patients all in one comprehensive office visit to the CBCC. Professional mental health services include neuropsychological testing, individual school services and counseling. The CBCC Embedded Behavioral Clinic affects positive outcomes for cancer patients by addressing issues that impact their ability to learn, socialize and lead productive lives.
Through these services, patients can become stronger both physically and emotionally, and their school performance can improve, too. The Embedded Behavioral Clinic provides the extra measure of cancer treatment and care that allows our patients to thrive.
Clinical Trials with the Family in Mind
All eligible CBCC patients are offered the opportunity to participate in life-saving research and clinical trials. Children receive state of the art pediatric cancer treatment and have access to clinical trials right here in Central Texas. This means families seldom have to split up to travel to larger cities for specialized care, which keeps families intact and surrounded by friends, extended family and community support systems.