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Pediatric Cancer Services

Apheresis is a special kind of blood donation that allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets.

Blood transfusion and platelet transfusion
Blood and platelet transfusion is the process of transferring blood or blood-based products from one person into the circulatory system of another. Learn more about Inova Blood Donor Services.

Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
An extensive program exists for the bone marrow and peripheral stem cell transplantation of children from birth to 21 years of age. A truly collaborative team approach enables the nationally recognized program at Inova Children's Hospital to join with the adult bone marrow transplant team in providing state-of-the-art care to children who have hematologic and oncologic disorders that we effectively treat with successful bone marrow transplantation. Learn more about Inova's bone marrow and stem cell transplant program.

Brachytherapy is internal radiation therapy using an implant of radioactive material placed directly into or near a tumor.

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses anti-cancer drugs delivered orally, topically, through an injection, or through an intravenous injection.

Clinical research/protocols
Inova participates in cancer research studies to find better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer and to answer scientific questions. Review current pediatric clinical research trials. 

Complementary therapies
Complementary therapies can enhance quality of life for a child living with cancer. They are not intended as cancer treatments, nor do they interfere with prescribed medical treatments. Complementary therapies can relax and soothe, help control symptoms and relieve stress. Your child, in turn, may better cope with the day-to-day challenges of cancer treatments. Complementary therapies include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Guided imagery
  • Massage therapy
  • Meditation
  • Pet therapy
  • Yoga
  • Art and music therapy

Life with Cancer™ offers a variety of complementary therapy programs. Visit the Life with Cancer™ website or call 703-698-2526 for more information.

Enterostomal therapy
Enterostomal therapy focuses on the acute and rehabilitative care of patients with:

  • Abdominal stomas
  • Bladder cancer
  • Draining wounds
  • Fistulae
  • Dermal tissue trauma
  • Urinary incontinence

Inova Children's Hospital offers a dedicated inpatient infusion department where children can receive chemotherapy and other intravenous services in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment. Outpatient care is provided at the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Nutrition services
The Nutrition Support Program helps young cancer patients maintain optimum nutritional intake during their cancer treatment by providing nutrition information, counseling and special diets, as well as guidance for their caregivers.

Pastoral care
Multidenominational pastoral care services, providing spiritual support and emotional comfort to patients and their families, are available at all Inova hospitals. The pastoral care staff also helps caregivers address the theological, bioethical, philosophical and cultural issues that often arise in the course of cancer treatment.

Reconstructive surgery
Inova pediatric reconstructive surgeons specialize in evaluating and treating children who may benefit from reconstructive surgery following cancer treatment. Learn more about Inova’s pediatric craniofacial program.

Inova Children’s Hospital's rehabilitation department offers a broad range of services for children living with cancer. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and pediatric physiatry are available to help children with their mobility, self care, swallowing, feeding and speech. We work with our young patients to return them to their maximum potential in all areas. Call 703-776-6080 for more information.

Support services
Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital have excellent support programs for young cancer patients and their families. Refer to Patient Information for details arrow