When your child and your family are faced with a cancer diagnosis, you want and expect best-in-class medical care along with understanding and compassion.

University of Missouri Health Care has the care you deserve, close to home. From our leading-edge physicians and research to our social workers, nurses and child life therapists, our team is singularly dedicated to healing and nurturing children.

Because University of Missouri Children’s Hospital and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center are both part of University of Missouri Health Care, our health care team has access to the most progressive pediatric cancer specialists in the region. Our combined knowledge and expertise means your child receives the best possible care. 

State-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care

We offer an unmatched combination of leading-edge research and medical care with an individualized, multidisciplinary approach. 

That means your child will receive world-class care from a team of professionals specifically trained in pediatric subspecialties, including:

  • Child life therapists 
  • Medical and surgical experts
  • Pathologists
  • Radiation therapists
  • Radiologists
  • Social workers
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Other health care consultants

Exemplary cancer care with a compassionate touch

Every member of our health care team has been specifically trained in family and pediatric patient-centered care. We understand the emotional health and well-being of your child has an enormous impact on overall health outcomes. We continually nurture the spirit, as well as the body, of every child who walks through our doors.

Our expert team also offers the advantage of a dedicated social worker who is specially trained. This social worker has the experience necessary to help families navigate the world of treatment plans and protocols, and facilitate communication with the health care team.

Our child life therapists make sure your child is comfortable, at ease and best of all, gets to be a kid, even while undergoing treatment. We use technology like vein viewers, which make finding veins for tests and intravenous (IV) injections easier and less painful. 

We are also the proud beneficiary of Pascale’s Pals, a central Missouri not-for-profit organization, whose single goal is to improve the comfort of our patients and their families.

Pediatric cancers we treat

Our experts treat a variety of pediatric cancer conditions, including:

  • Acquired anemias
  • Congenital anemias, such as hereditary spherocytosis
  • Hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia
  • Hemophilia
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Malignant and benign solid tumors
  • Neutropenia and thrombocytopenia

What to expect at your first visit

When you come into our office for your first visit:

  • Our team will gather a complete history and perform a comprehensive physical evaluation on your child.
  • Our technician performs a laboratory evaluation for most first-time patients.
  • Our team thoroughly discusses your child’s diagnosis, evaluation and plan of treatment with your child and your family.

In addition to highly specialized diagnosis and treatment options, physicians and researchers at University of Missouri conduct a variety of cancer clinical trials.