Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Cook Children’s Health Care System Announces New International Program Hematology and Oncology Center offers stem cell transplant, targeted therapy

Dubai – January 19, 2016 - As part of the new International Program at Cook Children’s Health Care System, the Hematology and Oncology Center is one of five specialties to offer comprehensive care to children with complex diagnoses outside of the United States.
The International Program is a complete service for patients visiting the Fort Worth-based Medical Center from countries outside the U.S. Recently, Cook Children’s has treated patients from the Middle East including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and others. Additionally, patients came to Cook Children’s from Latin America, including Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
Since 1986, Cook Children’s has performed nearly 1,000 pediatric bone marrow and stem cell transplants. In 2015, the medical center performed 50 transplants for a variety of diseases, including leukemia and lymphoma, and boasts a state-of-the art, nine-bed stem cell transplant unit.
Today, stem cell transplantation is routinely used as treatment for many patients suffering from hematologic malignancies, non-hematologic malignancies, some blood disorders, metabolic disorders and immunodeficiencies. Cook Children’s Stem Cell Transplant Program is accredited through the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
"At Cook Children’s, we pride ourselves on providing world-class cancer care to our pediatric patients. We are very excited to expand our reach outside of the United States," said Meaghan Granger, M.D., Neuroblastoma Program, Stem Cell Transplant Program. "We look forward to bringing our innovative and cutting edge cancer services to patients from around the globe."
Cook Children’s also offers new therapy approaches for neuroblastoma patients who have not had success with standard chemotherapy, or for those facing relapse. Cook Children’s is a member of New Approaches of Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT), a clinical trials consortium comprised of 15 hospitals and universities strongly committed to neuroblastoma research in patients with relapsed and refractory disease. Through NANT, Cook Children’s is able to offer clinical trials with new drugs and new combinations that target neuroblastoma and are not available elsewhere.
In addition to transplantation and new therapies, Cook Children’s also offers a clinical research trial specific to neuroblastoma tumors and metastases.
International Program staff – including physicians, nurses, and clinical interpreters – will coordinate all aspects of each international patient’s visit. The team will work to meet each family’s needs through concierge services designed to make the health care experience as comfortable, convenient and efficient as Cook Children’s Announces New International Program H/O – Fort Worth/Page 2
possible, including helping with Visa requirements and coordinating travel plans, accommodations and other services. As part of consideration for the program, the families of the international patients must be eligible via private pay or through global insurance.
Cook Children’s, a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization, is supported by one of the largest pediatric transport programs in the nation. Its Teddy Bear Transport team brings the most medically fragile children and neonates from throughout the United States and, now, Latin America to its award-winning Medical Center quickly and safely.
U.S.News & World Report named Cook Children’s to its 2015-16 "America’s Best Children’s Hospitals" list for excellence in 6 specialties, including Neurology, Hematology and Oncology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology and Orthopedics. Cook Children’s is also recognized as a Top Children’s Hospital for quality and safety by the Leapfrog Group.
For more information or to refer a patient to the International Program, please contact 01-682-885-INTL (01-682-885-4685) or visit: www.cookchildrensinternational.org.
About Cook Children’s Health Care System - Cook Children’s Health Care System  is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization comprised of eight entities – a Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., and Health Foundation. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the integrated system has more than 60 primary and specialty care offices throughout North Texas. Its service region includes Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties, with an additional referral area encompassing nearly half the state.
Cook Children's traces its roots back to 1918, but throughout its continual change and robust growth, it still embraces an inspiring promise – to improve the health of every child in its region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. To live up to this promise, Cook Children’s combines the art of caring with the use of leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child, every day. For more information, please visit www.cookchildrens.org.