Oncology: Referral Directory
- Stephen Xavier Skapek, M.D.
- James F. Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D.
- Kristine W. Appel, M.D.
- Victor M. Aquino, M.D.
- Daniel C. Bowers, M.D.
- MaryEllen Cavalier, M.D.
- Paul Harker-Murray, M.D., Ph.D.
- Laura Klesse, M.D., Ph.D.
- Andrew Y. Koh, M.D.
- Patrick J. Leavey, M.D.
- Jeffrey Magee, MD, Ph.D.
- Tiffany R. Simms-Waldrip, M.D.
- Tamra Slone, M.D.
- Martha M. Stegner, M.D.
- Tanya C. Watt, M.D.
- Jonathan E. Wickiser, M.D.
- Naomi J. Winick, M.D.
Kaye Schmidt, RN, MA, CPON
Description of services:
The oncology service at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the nation’s premier programs for children with malignant disorders. The center offers a full array of the latest diagnostic capabilities and therapies available for childhood malignancies. Services include:
- A physician friendly referral system with a faculty (or fellow) physician carrying a referral pager 24 hours a day.
- Comprehensive diagnostic and treatment programs for newly diagnosed cancer patients and for those who have relapsed.
- Family-centered approach to childhood cancer, including incorporation of advice of a family council in short- and long-range planning for clinical care delivery.
- Multidisciplinary care and review of treatment plans and outcomes through interdisciplinary case conferences for:
- Bone tumors
- Other tumors
- Treatment results that equal or exceed those at the most prestigious pediatric cancer centers in the country.
- Internationally approved clinical trials for childhood cancer.
- Leadership in the NIH-sponsored international consortium called the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
- One of only 20 institutions within the COG approved for experimental new drug trials.
- Multidisciplinary clinical programs for all oncology patients, including:
- Orthopaedic oncology program for children with primary bone tumors.
- Neuro-oncology program for children with brain tumors.
- Multidisciplinary clinic for children with neurofibromatosis.
- After the Cancer Experience (ACE) program for children two or more years following completion of therapy to monitor for late effects.
- Young adult follow-up program for ACE patients beyond 18 years.
- Cancer genetics clinic for evaluation of and screening for hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes.
For more information, log on to Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:
Consultative, diagnostic and treatment services for infants, children and adolescents with cancer, blood disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes. Cancers treated include:
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic leukemias
- Histiocytic disorders
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL)
- Hodgkin’s lymphomas
- Sarcomas (Ewing’s sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma)
- Liver tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Brain tumors
- Germ cell tumors (ovaries, testes, etc.)
- Other rare childhood tumors
Information for referral sources:
- A referral from physician or referral source is required.
- To avoid unnecessary testing, have the family bring relevant medical records, test results and X-rays to the appointment.
- Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient’s referring physician.
- Diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician.
Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for a diagnostic evaluation:
- Patient name and date of birth
- Probable diagnosis
- Insurance/referral information
- Physician clinical findings or symptoms which caused the patient to visit physician
- Parent (guarantor) name, address and phone number.
For after hours or emergencies, call 214-456-7000 and request the hematologist-oncologist on call.
Why Children’s Medical Center?
- Each newly diagnosed cancer patient is assigned to a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other professionals who develop individualized treatment plans utilizing the latest therapeutic regimens. A family notebook and new patient video describing treatment, common medical terms, blood counts and support services are provided to families of newly diagnosed patients.
- Approximately 300 children with cancer are newly diagnosed and treated at Children’s each year with more than 650 receiving therapy at any given time.
- Due to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder’s excellent reputation, facilities and staff, no child in North Texas with cancer needs to travel elsewhere for diagnosis and treatment.