Conditions & Treatments

Thomas Williams McLean, M.D.The hematology and oncology program at Brenner Children’s Hospital provides exceptional care for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Led by section head, Thomas W. McLean, MD, we provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and long-term care for pediatric patients of all ages and use the latest in technology and medical advancements.

We are the region’s leader in cancer and bone marrow disorder treatment and use all available treatments and the latest, most effective chemotherapy drugs and technology to help improve our patients’ outcomes. 

Oncologic Conditions

Bone and soft tissue sarcomas – cancer that occurs in the bone or soft tissues, such as muscle or blood vessels; the types of sarcomas we treat include chordoma, chondroblastoma, Ewing sarcoma and rhabdomyosarcoma

Brain tumors - a noncancerous or cancerous growth in the brain

Germ cell tumors - noncancerous or cancerous tumors that occur during a baby’s development

Endocrine tumors - noncancerous or cancerous growths in the endocrine system, including in the thyroid, adrenal, pituitary and parathyroid glands

Kidney tumors - noncancerous or cancerous growth in the kidney; Wilms' tumor is one common type of cancer found in the kidney

Leukemia - cancer in the blood or bone marrow

Liver tumors - a cancerous growth found in the liver; this may include hepatoblastoma or hepatocellular carcinoma

Lymphomas - cancer in the lymphatic system found in lymph nodes and bone marrow, such as Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Myelodysplastic syndromes – a condition in which the body does not make enough healthy blood cells; chemotherapy and stem cell transplant may be part of treatment

Neuroblastoma - cancer that develops in the nerve cells

Neurofibromatosis - an inherited disorder in which nerve cells produce tumors that may or may not be cancerous

Retinoblastoma - cancer in the eye

Skin cancer - cancer found in the skin, including melanoma

Blood Disorder Conditions

Anemia – a condition in which there is a low amount of red blood cells in the body

Treatment for anemia may include blood transfusions and medication to increase iron levels.

Hemophilia – a condition in which blood does not clot properly

Medications to help the blood clot are part of treatment plan for hemophilia.

Sickle Cell anemia – a condition in which red blood cells form in an abnormal shape and move slowly through or get stuck inside blood vessels

Treatment for Sickle Cell anemia includes medication to reduce pain, blood transfusions and infection prevention.

Thrombosis - blood clots that prevent normal blood flow

Treatment includes medications to treat blood clots or surgical removal of the clots.