Programs and Centers

Psychosocial Support Program

The diagnosis and treatment of a childhood cancer or blood disorder presents extraordinary psychological, emotional and social challenges to the entire family. Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic offers a variety of services to help families adapt and mobilize resources in the battle against these diseases. At the heart of these services is the personal commitment of every multidisciplinary team member to understand each young patient as a unique individual. Team members also collaborate with parents at each step in the process to be attentive to the quality of life of all family members, including siblings.

Social Workers

Social workers assist Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic patients and their families with nonmedical and emotional needs. Our social workers are trained specifically for the patient's diagnosis and are also part of the patient's treatment team. All of our social workers are Licensed Master Social Workers (L.M.S.W.).

This group of professionals assists patients and their families in adapting to a chronic illness or extended hospitalization, and facilitates the optimal utilization of health care services and community resources, such as financial help and work or school issues. Social workers are sensitive to social issues, such as safety concerns or the need to assess the ability to care for the patient away from the clinic.

Community Resources

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Support Groups

HALO
HALO offers support to parents of children with cancer. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer Clinic.

Teen Support Group
The Teen Support Group offers support to adolescents with cancer. Meetings are held the third Friday of every month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer Clinic.

For more information about social work, community resources or support groups, please contact Jessica Zuniga at [email protected] or 956-661-9840.

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Cancer Genetics Program

The Cancer Genetics Clinic is one of the few clinics that provides DNA diagnostic studies, screening tests and counseling services. A full range of services and/or referrals are available, providing comprehensive psychological support and counseling as well as the most current medical information and treatment.

Click here to meet the Physicians and Staff of the Cancer Genetics Clinic

For more information on appointments, please contact the clinic at 956-661-9840.

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The Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program

The Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program is a joint program of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Texas Children’s Hospital and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In collaboration with students enrolled in the joint BCM/U.T. Pan American program, a long-term epidemiologic research study is being conducted to evaluate the incidence of childhood cancer in this strategic border area. Research studies to examine the causes of childhood cancer in the Mexican-American population in South Texas and to explore prevention strategies are also planned.

For more information on appointments, please contact the clinic at 956-661-9840.

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Long Term Survivor Program

Not every pediatric cancer treatment center continues to care for its patients into adulthood; however, caregivers at Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic and Texas Children's Cancer Center recognize that health concerns for childhood cancer patients do not end when their cancer treatment is successfully completed. The Long Term Survivor Program sees patients of any cancer diagnosis, two years after the completion of therapy, and five years from original date of diagnosis. The visit includes a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's physical health as well as academic and social development. It also includes a meeting with a social worker who can help assess coping skills, answer financial and insurance concerns, and provide the appropriate resources if needed.

The Long Term Survivor Program also provides basic patient education about diagnosis, treatment, potential risks (late-effects), and maintaining and maximizing good health in regards to diet, exercise, environmental exposure, and stress.

Click here to meet the Physicians and Staff of the Long Term Survivor Program

For more information on appointments, please contact the clinic at 956-661-9840.

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