Blood Diseases and Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer or blood disease can be hard, and you and your family want the best team available. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, you can be assured that your child or teen will receive the best possible care.

Our pediatric hematologists and oncologists have undergone extensive schooling to diagnose and treat pediatric patients who have cancer or diseases of the blood, immune cells, bones or joints. They are specially trained to work with pediatric patients in both hematology (the study of blood) and oncology (the study of cancer).

We offer advanced diagnosis and treatment options for children and young adults, including access to clinical trials.

Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Hematology

Leukemia/Lymphoma

Neuro-oncology

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Retinoblastoma

Solid Tumors

  • Sarcomas
  • Kidney Cancers
  • Liver Cancers

We believe you are the expert on your child. Our talented team will work with you to plan the best course of treatment for your loved one. Our goal is to provide compassionate care and increase both the length and quality of life for children with these diseases.


Research


Researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa have received a five-year, $10.67 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant to study neuroendocrine tumors. This is the first and only SPORE grant ever awarded to fund research on neuroendocrine tumors. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, is the principal investigator on the SPORE. 

Learn more about neuroendocrine tumors and how this grant will benefit patients and researchers.

Learn more about pediatric cancer research helps the littlest ones fight the biggest battles.

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Kristin Rambousek

    Kendal Rambousek photo

    There is no place I would trust with Kendal more than UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Every single doctor and nurse listensand they allowed me to be a part of her treatment plan. Read more

  • Kinzie Hemann

    Kenzie Hemann portrait

    Days after her first birthday, Kinzie was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease Type 3, a genetic blood disorder caused by a missing protein, which leaves her blood unable to clot. Type 3 is the most serious of the von Willebrand disease diagnoses, as symptoms include severe and spontaneous bleeding episodes.Read more

  • Parker Kress

    Parker Kress portrait

    In December 2014, then-13-year-old Parker Kress was experiencing pain in his right ankle and swelling in his calf. He was taken to a local emergency room, where an ultrasound found a mass on his ankle.Read more

  • Collaboration among specialists—and convenience for families—guides the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic approach

    Brady Jorgensen portrait

    Brady Jorgensen has lived with a brain tumor for most of his life. Our new Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, the first of its kind in Iowa, is giving Brady and his family new hope.Read more

  • Parent Blog: Erica Schmidt

    Kale Schmidt Portrait

    Kale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. Erica Schmidt shares her son's story in her own words.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Coralville, Iowa

    General Pediatrics (IRL)

    UI Hospitals and Clinics–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, IA 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m..
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Clinic (Iowa City)

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)

    University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 500
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    Covenant Clinic Urology (Waterloo)

    Covenant Clinic - Urology
    3410 Kimball Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

Clinical Research

  • Molly Conway
  • Roxane Mitten