You've just been told your child has cancer or a blood disorder. You're feeling confused and scared. We understand. We'll work with you and take time to answer all of your questions. Place your trust in the cancer and blood disorders specialists in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and you can be sure your child will get the best possible care and treatment.
COVID-19 and MACC Fund Center patients
Oncology and BMT patients
There have been reported cases of COVID-19 in pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients across the US and other countries. Some of these reports included children who required hospitalization, intensive care unit management with intubation, and ventilator support. Additionally, there have been multiple deaths from COVID-19 in children with cancer and bone marrow transplant reported globally. Here at Children's Wisconsin, we have had a handful of patients (to date) who have tested positive for COVID-19, a few of whom required hospitalization. None of these patients required intensive care management. Thus, no child with a cancer or bone marrow transplant diagnosis has contracted and died from COVID-19 at Children's Wisconsin, but the virus and its potential impact for our children remains a serious concern. We recommend, as the CDC states, that patients and families should continue to isolate, wear masks, and avoid crowds to help ensure safety and reduce the spread of the virus. Please contact your health care team if you have any questions or concerns, or feel that your child is ill. We continue doing all we can to keep all of us safe and healthy.
Sickle Cell Disease patients
Patients with sickle cell disease are felt to be at increased risk of having severe illness from COVID-19. Please see this information from the CDC and from the Covid-19 Sickle Cell Disease Registry for more information about sickle cell disease and COVID-19.
Video: Learn more about the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
What makes us different?
- We know kids deserve the best. The doctors and nurses in the MACC Fund Center constantly are studying the causes, treatments, side effects and long-term outcomes of cancer and blood disorders. Teams of specialists take problems from the bedside and clinic into the laboratory, and return with better treatments. This is how we can provide the most advanced and best care options for children with cancer and blood disorders.
- Patient care and research go hand in hand. Our team members are national and international experts who are paving the way for new treatments and cures for cancer and blood disorders. We are the only children's hospital in Wisconsin, and 1 of just 21 top centers in the country to participate in the Phase I & Pilot Consortium of Children's Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group. We're partnering with other elite centers to help patients with some of the most difficult-to-cure types of cancer and blood disorders. You can be sure that we’re providing a level of care few others can match.
- One of the best in the nation. Our program is also named among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 Best Children's Wisconsins report.
Support for survivors and their families
How will a diagnosis or treatment for childhood cancer or a blood disorder affect your child's health and well-being in the future? Learn more about our next steps program at Children's.
Join the young adult oncology group
Young adults who currently are receiving or have received cancer treatment may need special support. Learn more about the young adult oncology group.
Need more information or an appointment? We’re happy to help.
For appointments, contact the individual programs within our MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
It's important to know what your options are. We can provide expert opinions to verify or give more information about an initial diagnosis. Contact us today.
Caring for children with cancer
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