(St. Jude Midwest Affiliate)

Video Previews | St. Jude Midwest Affiliate VideoInside the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, you’ll find the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, located within the Jim & Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic, the nation’s first such St. Jude-affiliated clinic, serving children, teens and young adults in Illinois and neighboring states with cancer and blood-related disorders for over 40 years. We are also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. Because of these two affiliations, we are able to offer our patients access to the most up-to-date clinical treatment protocols, right here in Peoria. Through collaboration with the team at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the pediatric experts in COG, our physicians (full-time faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria) and our staff make it possible for children battling cancer and other serious diseases to receive exceptional treatment, as close to home as possible.

Heller Learning for Living Center

The John and Annette Heller Learning for Living Center, established in 2016, provides children and their families with the tools needed to live their lives to the fullest on the journey through cancer treatment and beyond.

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We’ve helped thousands of kids with cancer and blood-related disorders, including diagnosis and treatment for such things as:

Blood Disorders (Hematology)

  • Anemia
  • Sickle cell trait/disease and thalassemia
  • Other red blood cell disorders
  • White cell disorders, like neutropenia
  • Platelet disorders
  • Bone marrow dysfunction, like aplastic anemia
  • Thrombosis (clotting disorders)
  • Selected bleeding disorders

Cancer (Oncology)

  • Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
  • Lymphoma
  • Brain tumors
  • Other solid tumors

We offer the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hematology/oncology team in Illinois outside of Chicago, with seven physician specialists, one Advanced Practice Nurse, and five nationally Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurses who receive additional training through St. Jude. In addition, our child-centered staff includes a Certified Child Life Specialist, Social Worker, two Research Nurses, two Medical Office Assistants, and three clerical staff. We also collaborate closely and coordinate consultations with other local subspecialists who may be needed to give the best care for our patients – such as pediatric surgery, pediatric radiology, radiation oncology, pediatric intensive care, pediatric nephrology, and many more at Children’s Hospital.

Additional services such as our patient and family education programming, return-to-school assistance and education, psychosocial support (individual and in support groups), and summer camp, aid patients and their families in their journey as they cope with complex or chronic illness.

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