Blood and Cancer Center

The El Paso Children’s Hospital Blood and Cancer Center resides on the 7th floor as a 24 bed unit providing 24 hour care to infant through young adults. We are a comprehensive team consisting of oncologists, nurses, child life, and social workers closely working together to optimize care.

Our Blood and Cancer Center also provides an onsite infusion outpatient clinic which is staffed daily by attending Hematology and Oncology physicians and nurse practitioners and nurses.

El Paso Children’s Hospital has the largest Pediatric Oncology group in the world.

Most commonly treated problems

  • All pediatric cancers
    • leukemia
    • brain tumors
    • soft tissue sarcomas
    • bone tumors
  • Kidney and liver tumors, etc.
  • Blood disorders
  • Bleeding and Coagulation diseases
  • Pre and post stem cell transplantation care
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies

Clinic Capabilities

  • Finger-stick and phlebotomy capabilities
  • A dedicated lab for assessment of blood, bone marrow and spinal fluid
  • Dedicated fellowship oncology physician (or pharmacist)
  • Radiology facilities available within same facility: onsite radiology as well as
    interventional radiology
  • Procedure rooms
  • Individual bays with 26” TV with GetWellNetwork system that features dedicated children’s programming and internet

Common Procedures with Blood Product Transfusions:

  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Central line care
  • Intravenous/enteral fluid replacement
  • Hemodynamic mentioning
  • On site radiologic testing for diagnostic process
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing to rule out cancer and blood disorders

Programs and activities to improve patient care

Children’s Oncology Group (COG)

El Paso Children’s Hospital has the largest Pediatric Oncology group in the world and provides access to clinical and biological protocols to institutions that meet their eligibility criteria. The treatment of pediatric cancer is moving very fast and the only way to provide the latest care is to participate in these protocols. I worked hard for fifteen years to bring COG to El Paso but I could not do it alone. However, the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at El Paso was able to make it happen within 3 years of opening doors. We now have access to most of the protocols available at any other hospital in the nation.

Cancer Survivor and Late Effects Clinic

This program serves the needs of the growing population of cancer survivors five years from diagnosis and/or two years from treatment. These children go through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, transfusions and are at risk of a number of medical problems. Unfortunately continuity of care is frequently lost when treatment ends or when they move on or get older. The PHO community is making an effort to identify these patients and register them in survivorship programs so these needs are identified and met. Our program makes an analysis of the treatment received and complications of treatment and makes a personalized surveillance program. Late effects are identified and addressed. Childhood Cancer Survivor Care – our team serves childhood cancer survivors through age 30.

Passport for Care (PFC)

Cancer survivors are enrolled in Passport for Care (PFC), a web-based clinical tool that provides access to treatment summary, individualized evidence- and consensus-based screening guidelines, and follow-up information to the PHO physicians and educational materials in English and Spanish to the childhood cancer survivors and/or their parents through written material and a secured web-based PFC survivor portal. The web-based portal is active and enrolled patients can access their information and educational resources online in Spanish and English.

Psychosocial Conference

This weekly conference has the attendance of a Pediatric Oncologist, social workers, child life specialists, nurses, nutritionist and support groups to address the psychosocial issues of our patients.

Personalized Medicine

This ongoing project is seeking to offer individualized treatment to pediatric patients without standard therapeutic options using FDA approved drugs that block unique therapeutic targets in the patient’s tumors in combination with oral low-dose chemotherapy in selected patients. We have made advances in this direction and several patients have already been treated using genetic tumor testing from CLIA certified genetic laboratories. We are also pursuing a partnership with UTEP to add proteomic tumor data to help identify these therapeutic targets.

Tumor board

To improve the care of our patients all newly diagnosed cancer patients are presented at our weekly tumor board with the attendance of pediatric oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, orthopedic surgeons and other subspecialties relevant to the specific patient. Nurses, pharmacist, social workers and child life specialists are also in the attendance. The clinical presentation, physical, radiological and pathological findings are presented, staging and risk factors are discussed, relevant protocols and current literature presented, and a multidisciplinary treatment plan done.

Patient Care Conference

We have a weekly meeting with PHO physicians, clinical and research nurses, and pharmacists where all problem cases are discussed by the primary oncologist of the patient. The purpose of this meeting is to make the group aware of any issues related to the patient’s care and to make changes in treatment plan as a group. We have a diverse group of physicians with different backgrounds, trainings, experiences and strengths and this is a great format that gives us the opportunity to share our thoughts and the patient the benefit of five expert opinions.

Hematology Rounds

To improve the care of our hematology patients we have a monthly meeting with our PHO physicians, pathologists, pharmacists and nurses to present difficult or complex hematology cases and to review the relevant literature in order to make treatment plans.

HEAT support group

Cancer is a difficult and disruptive experience for teenagers at a time when most teens are asserting themselves, creating lifetime friendships and making plans for the future. The Hem/Onc Extremely Awesome Teens group is a support group for teenagers lead by Dr. Mary Lacaze.

Medical Director:
Dr. Mary Lacaze

Dr. Lacaze completed her fellowship at Duke University and did a sub-specialty fellowship in bone marrow transplant. She is a senior PHO physician with 25 years of experience.

Our Team

Eduardo D. Rosas-Blum, M.D.
Eduardo D. Rosas-Blum, M.D.
PEDIATRIC GASTROENTOLOGY
Eduardo D. Rosas-Blum, M.D.
PEDIATRIC GASTROENTOLOGY
Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, M.D.
Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, M.D.
PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIST
Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, M.D.
PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIST
Lisa Hartman, M.D.
Lisa Hartman, M.D.
PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
Lisa Hartman, M.D.
PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY

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