Blood Cancers

Our blood cancer experts use advanced therapies to treat childhood leukemia and lymphoma. Learn why you should choose us for blood cancer treatment.

Blood cancers are the most common types of cancer in children. Leukemia and lymphoma account for nearly 40 percent of all childhood cancers.

At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, we have the expertise to successfully treat these complex conditions. Thanks to our comprehensive approach to blood cancer treatment, we’re able to offer many children a cure.

We understand the toll leukemia and lymphoma treatment can take on children and their families. Our compassionate team is here to provide the support you need while navigating blood cancer treatment.

Why Choose Us for Blood Cancer Treatment?

When your child comes to us for leukemia or lymphoma treatment, you can expect:

  • Experience and expertise: We are among the largest programs in southwest Florida for childhood leukemia and lymphoma, seeing about 200 patients per year. Our team treats about 30 to 50 new cases per year and receives additional referrals from throughout the region. That high volume leads to better outcomes for all our patients.
  • Advanced treatments: We offer patients advanced chemotherapy techniques, lifesaving bone marrow transplants and CAR T-cell therapy.
  • Expanded safety measures: Our oncology ward is specially designed to help reduce infection transmission. We know that blood cancer treatment can leave children at higher risk for infectious diseases, and we take every precaution to prevent that.
  • High success rates: Our innovative treatments are saving the lives of children with blood cancer. In most cases, we can cure children of leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Cancer screening program: We offer the only pediatric full-body MRI on Florida’s west coast to screen for cancer. If one child in your family has an inherited gene mutation (cancer predisposition gene) associated with blood cancer, we can screen siblings, carefully monitoring them for the earliest signs of cancer.
  • Access to clinical trials: As part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we collaborate with other hospitals in groundbreaking clinical trials. We are a designated Phase 1 center for COG clinical trials. And as a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which is based in Baltimore, we can offer our patients the chance to participate in Johns Hopkins Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials — without leaving Florida. Find out more about our clinical trials for blood cancers.
  • Compassionate care: Our team of social workers, patient and family relations specialists and Child Life specialists is committed to supporting you and your child through every step of the process.

Blood Cancers We Treat

Our hematology and oncology experts specialize in treating all types of childhood blood cancers:

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Learn more about our childhood leukemia and lymphoma programs.

Support Throughout Treatment 

Treatment for leukemia and lymphoma is a long process. Children may spend weeks or months in the hospital, followed by ongoing outpatient visits. Our team recognizes the physical and emotional effects this can have on your child.

To help our young patients cope throughout treatment, we provide:

  • Palliative care: Blood cancer treatment (and the disease itself) can cause numerous side effects. Our pediatric palliative care experts work with patients to reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life. Learn more about palliative care.
  • Child psychology: Our Center for Behavioral Health has a child psychologist dedicated to working with patients at the Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. They help patients and families learn coping skills to handle developmental and behavioral challenges that arise during treatment. Learn more about the Center for Behavioral Health.
  • Child Life specialists: Our certified Child Life specialists work with each patient who receives treatment at our Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. They help educate children about their diagnosis and what to expect during treatment. They offer emotional support and provide the opportunity for children to feel like kids — not just patients. Learn more about our Child Life specialists.
  • Academic support: We coordinate with your child’s school to help him or her continue learning throughout treatment. When your child is ready to return to school, we can help ease that transition.

Explore all the patient and family support services we offer.

Contact Us 

To find out more about our Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute, call us at 727-767-4176. We serve families throughout the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.