You have access to a variety of services to make your child’s experience as positive as possible and to support your family throughout treatment.
Extended Cancer Outpatient Services
We offer outpatient services -- such as chemotherapy, transfusions, and lab tests -- 12 hours a day, seven days a week at Duke Children’s Valvano Day Hospital. This means your child won’t need to be admitted to the hospital just because they feel ill or need treatment on a day when their doctor’s office is closed.
Our team focuses on managing symptoms and other aspects of treatment that affect your child’s quality of life. We help with pain management, supportive nutrition, relaxation techniques, and more. We’re here to improve your child’s and your family’s well-being during treatment and hospitalization.
Teen and Young Adult Program
Teens and young adults are too old to be treated like young kids, but adult care might not be quite right for them either. Our Teen and Young Adult Program brings together the expertise of pediatric and adult cancer specialists to determine what’s best for each person, along with personalized psychological support. We customize treatment and services based on your child’s unique needs, including support and guidance to help them cope with the effects of treatment on their social life and their high school or college activities.
Childhood Cancer Survivorship Care
Once treatment is complete, you can count on us for continuing support. We offer long-term follow-up services for preventive health care, including screenings, ongoing surveillance, and care for symptoms that develop later as a result of treatment. Our doctors and nurses work with social workers and child psychologists who can offer support and assistance with school-related or personal issues. In addition, we can help your child transition to adult cancer care services when they’re ready.
We try to make your child's treatment a little easier on the whole family. Whether it's explaining a procedure, offering encouragement, or arranging fun activities during therapy or during a hospital stay, your child gets care in a welcoming, kid-friendly environment. In addition, you and your family can get emotional support and education to help you cope as your child goes through treatment and recovery.
Care Coordination and Support
Our social workers help you navigate the medical system and coordinate the variety of health services your child needs. They can help you work with insurance providers, connect with resources, and manage the details related to your child’s care. Our nurse coordinators can help you schedule appointments for tests, treatments, and other medical visits.
Staffed by volunteers, the family room is here to make your time at the hospital a little more comfortable. You can grab a light meal, shower, do laundry, or use a computer with internet access.