Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant

Preparing for Your Visit to the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Program

UW Health's Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant specialists at American Family Children's Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, provide state-of-the-art cancer care for infants, children and adolescents with cancer and hematological disorders in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic is located on the second floor of American Family Children's Hospital. Each doctor has one or more 1/2 day clinics during the week. Whenever possible, your child's appointment will be scheduled during your primary doctor's clinic time. Here are a few suggestions to make the clinic visit go more smoothly.

Prior to Your Visit

Remember to obtain a written insurance referral from your primary pediatrician if your insurance of HMO requires a referral.

Check your children's medication prior to the clinic visit to determine if you will need to obtain a prescription for a refill. We encourage parents to bring the medications to clinic to ensure that their child is taking the right medication/s and the correct dosages.

Although the clinic does have age appropriate toys, books and videos, it is a good idea to pack some of your child's favorite toys, books, diversional activities and snacks.

If you have any questions prior to your clinic visit, feel free to contact your primary doctor or nurse practitioner.

Your Clinic Visit

If this is your first clinic visit, you should plan to arrive 1/2 hour prior to your appointment so you can register. The clinic registration area is on the second floor of the American Family Children's Hospital.

At your visit, your child will have height, weight and vital signs checked by a medical assistant; and then your child will be shown to an exam room as soon as one is available.

Many children may need lab tests during their clinic visit. Some children go to the Outpatient Lab located on the second floor of the adjacent UW Hospital and Clinics prior to their appointment. Other children will have their blood drawn while in the clinic by a nurse or lab technician.

Often, we will need to wait for the results of the lab tests to determine what therapy your child will receive. Whenever possible, we arrange for the child to get the lab tests done at home the day before the clinic visit to help speed up getting the results.

A nurse will ask you about your child's history, known medical diagnosis, present concerns, medications, allergies, etc. We encourage you to share any other concerns affecting your child or family members in coping with the illness as well.

Your primary doctor, nurse practitioner or another doctor will perform a physical examination. During this time, you will have the opportunity to talk to the provider about any concerns, lab or test results, or treatment plans. By the time the appointment concludes, be sure you feel that all of your questions have been answered.

When you leave your appointment, be sure you have your discharge clinic form, which will display your child's next appointment and any lab tests or x-rays needed for the next visit. You should also receive any prescriptions, which will need to be filled. There is a pharmacy on the first floor of American Family Children's Hospital for your convenience.

You can schedule your next appointment by stopping at the pediatric reception desk on the second floor.

A Note About Wait Times

Each child and his/her family are important to us. While we try to minimize wait times as much as possible, sometimes long waiting periods are unavoidable. There are many resources available to help you and your child manage during appointment times. Child Life, as well as volunteers, offer a variety of activities. Parents who have experienced long clinic days during the course of their child's treatment have also helped compile a list of suggestions to help new parents learn to manage the waiting times.

Read helpful tips from parents to make your child's clinic visit more enjoyable