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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.

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program

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

  • Aidan Kasper

    Aidan Kasper, portrait Aidan was transferred from his local hospital to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital immediately after birth when doctors discovered he was born with Pierre Robin sequence, a set of facial abnormalities that includes a small lower jaw, a tongue that is placed farther back than normal, and blockage of the airways. He spent 56 days in the NICU. Read more
  • Andrew Morlan

    Andrew Morlan, portrait When Andrew and his twin brother, Isaac, were born, it was discovered that Andrew was in kidney failure. He was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where it was determined that he would need a kidney transplant. After 2 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Andrew went home on dialysis, and at 14 months old, he received a kidney from his mother.Read more
  • Lucy Roth

    Lucy Roth, portrait Lucy was a healthy baby and toddler, but she began having vision problems at 2 years old. Pediatric ophthalmologists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ordered an MRI that revealed a massive brain tumor. During the subsequent 12-hour surgery, pediatric neurosurgeons were able to remove a large amount of the tumor. Lucy, however, was not out of the woods.Read more
  • Harper Stribe

    Harper Stribe, portrait In June 2017, Harper was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer, at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after her parents noticed a rapidly growing lump on her right cheek. The lump was a 6-centimeter tumor that had wrapped around crucial facial nerves and her jawbone.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Shannon and Todd Mikkelsen

    Cole Mikkelsen, portrait "The team that we see at every visit makes him feel like he can have fun and still be a kid despite having leukemia." — Shannon and Todd Mikkelsen Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    Level 11
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • 1-319-356-2229
    • 1-888-573-5437 (888 573 KIDS)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)
  • UI Health Care—Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 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
    • 1-319-467-2000
    • 1-855-467-3700
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    Suite 400
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
    Contact
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    Contact
    • 1-855-543-2884