Children’s Hospital New Orleans Oncology & Hematology

Pediatric cancer care in Louisiana

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The LaNasa Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care with a multidisciplinary team approach. Faculty from LSU Health New Orleans works with a team of specialized professionals including surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers and others to provide cutting-edge, compassionate “total care” for the child and family. The hospital has dedicated areas for inpatient and outpatient care, providing treatment for children with cancer, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders.

Cancer & blood disorder treatment

The LaNasa Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders treats more than 1,100 children each year. Children’s Hospital treats more Louisiana kids with cancer than all other facilities combined. Though patient care is our primary focus, Children’s Hospital is an active participant in clinical and basic research of childhood cancers and blood disorders. Our physicians have access to the most modern therapies for treatment of malignancies and blood disorders in children.

The Center is also a teaching facility for medical students, nursing students and those completing graduate and postgraduate training. Our program has the only approved, dedicated hematology/oncology fellowship training in Louisiana. This program is part of theLSU Health New Orleans Department of Pediatrics and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center of LSU Health New Orleans.

A dedicated team of pediatric hematologists & oncologists

The Center at Children’s Hospital comprises the largest group of hematology and oncology physicians and nurses dedicated exclusively to pediatrics in the Gulf South. They are specially trained to care for the unique needs of children and work alongside a medical staff of more than 200 pediatric specialists, including pathologists, radiologists, oncology surgeons and neurosurgeons. Our pediatric experts realize that caring for children with malignancies and blood disorders commands a delicate balance of medical care and emotional support. Support for patients and their families is provided by child psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Other members of the multidisciplinary team include:

  • Hematology/oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant nurse coordinators
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Laboratory technologists
  • Physical, occupational, speech and hearing therapists
  • Music, Recreation and Child Life Therapists

Certifications & accreditations

In 1989, Children’s Hospital was approved as a Pediatric Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons. The program is a part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved LSU Health New Orleans/Children's Hospital Minority NCI Oncology Research Program (NCORP), and is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), a nationwide Children's Cancer Study Group.

The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is the only pediatric program recognized by COG as well as the National Marrow Donor program in Louisiana. The HSCT is affiliated with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and the Pediatric Blood Marrow Transplant Consortium.

Cancer survivorship clinic

The Center’s Treatment After Cancer and Late Effects (TACLE) Clinic is Louisiana’s first and only dedicated pediatric cancer survivorship clinic. The main goals of the TACLE Clinic are to improve the health and well-being of childhood cancer survivors by promoting adherence to a schedule of follow-up appointments and routine screening tests, and to educate patients, families and healthcare professionals about the long-term effects of cancer treatment.

For appointments, please call Dr. Pinki Prasad at 504.896.9740.

Pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pathology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology and laboratory services are available at the center. Radiation oncologists from Touro Infirmary work closely with physicians at the Center.

Management expertise includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Brain tumor
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • Anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • ITP
  • Hemophilia
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Palliative care

Children’s Hospital’s pediatric palliative care team, the Pelican Krewe, specializes in family-centered care of the body, mind and spirit of children with complex medical conditions. The multidisciplinary care team coordinates care and helps patients and families gain strength to carry on with daily life, affirming, guiding and supporting them while making the best possible decisions for their family. The Pelican Krewe supports patients and families by helping them understand treatment goals and options during the child’s journey. Children’s Hospital’s Pelican Krewe is the only pediatric palliative care program in Louisiana.

Click here to read "Treatment and Survival Analysis for Pediatric Patients with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis - A Single Institution Review" (PDF), by Hemant Menghani, MD and Cori Morrison, MD, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, LSU Health New Orleans and Children’s Hospital New Orleans.