No parent ever wants to imagine their child receiving a diagnosis of cancer. But if this occurs, you can feel secure knowing that the health team at Riley at IU Health treats your whole child, not just his or her condition. If your family faces the condition of pediatric cancer or blood diseases, you will be surrounded and supported by a team that includes you in the treatment decisions for your child. Our team will provide the in-depth information you need and a treatment plan that is right for your family.
Cancer and blood diseases may affect your child for a short time or for his or her entire life. Our team will be there to help your child and family cope with the impact of these disorders.
The Pediatric Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health works hand-in-hand with a large team of doctors and support staff from a variety of specialties to provide every possible treatment option available. Your child's care plan may involve a treatment or therapy that is provided by specialists from the following Riley at IU Health departments:
- Integrative Medicine & Palliative Care
- Pain Management
- Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
- Radiology & Imaging
The health team at Riley at IU Health cares about your child, and they also care about future children who will be affected by cancer and blood diseases. That is why the physician-scientists at Riley at IU Health and Indiana University Health University Hospital focus on research and clinical trials. The Riley at IU Health system ranks nationally for cancer care with access to the newest and best treatment options available. Our team treats more than 80 percent of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer in Indiana.
The Pediatric Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health ranks nationally as a provider of care for children with cancer and blood diseases. Our department is affiliated with the Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. The IU Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center for clinical care in Indiana. We provide the only pediatric stem cell (bone marrow) transplant program in the state and are members of the Children’s Oncology Group Phase I & Pilot Consortium. This means we receive early access to clinical trials and newly developed cancer treatments and research.
Riley at IU Health oncologists, nurses and support staff tackle your child’s treatment from all angles. This multidisciplinary approach is what leads to consistent annual ranking of Riley at IU Health as a top center for pediatric cancer and blood disease treatment.
Riley at IU Health is the only pediatric health system in the state of Indiana to offer CAR-T cell therapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Pediatric Cancer & Blood Diseases services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Many of our doctors, pediatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses have more than 15 years of experience working in the Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Sort through 3 facilities offering Pediatric Cancer & Blood Diseases care by entering your city or zip below.
Patient & Family Resources
Patient & Family Resources
Below is a list of services provided by Riley at IU Health to help support your child and family through their cancer care with us. These are just a few of the support services we provide. Learn more about our Patient and Family Support Services.
The Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health is advancing the treatment of pediatric cancer and blood diseases through the following specialty programs.
She’ll be 4 in a week – a tiny fashionista with a personality to match, who just so happens to have cancer. Oncologist Tyler Severance is among those under her spell: “Everybody is absolutely in love with her.”Continue reading
Lindsay Terry and Angel Gaskins forged a friendship on the job 20 years ago.Continue reading
Dr. Jodi Skiles: “Being part of the revolutionizing of leukemia care is exciting for us both as physicians and scientists, to really get to contribute to the field of knowledge about how to continue to conquer this really awful disease.”Continue reading
Cancer nearly killed him as a teenager, but now James Ranahan is strong again, and he is sharing his story in a new book.Continue reading
LaShelle Tipton has worked for IU Health in different administrative roles and is accustomed to seeing sick adults, but it’s different with kids, she says. “Oh, my God, the babies.”Continue reading
Elliot Preddie, 12, used to undergo monthly blood transfusions to treat his painful disease. Now he can look forward to a more active, healthy life, thanks to his cousin’s gift of a transplant.Continue reading
“He stood toe to toe with a disease that tried to take so much away from him, and he simply would not let it. He fought hard and did it with an amazing smile on his face, fire in his beautiful blue eyes, and a strength that most humans simply do not possess.”Continue reading
After cancer took her friend at age 17, Shannon Heinzelman decided to become an oncology nurse: “It was my dream to work here. I feel so lucky, so I try to give it my all.”Continue reading
After scans showed that his cancer has spread, Chase Smith and his wife, Sadie, found comfort for a few hours during a trip to Florida. They played games, laughed and prayed with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.Continue reading
Remains only nationally ranked children’s hospital in IndianaContinue reading
Eighteen-year-old Lauren McGlaughlin inspired the Bold, Bald and Beautiful Project at Riley before her death to help young people face the physical and mental challenges of a devastating disease.Continue reading
Nineteen-year-old Preston Lewis used his Make-A-Wish gift to set up a foundation for kids who are interested in the world of racing. Now he has the Baja 1000 in his sights.Continue reading
Josiah Edwards is a bright light for patients in the hematology-oncology clinic, but soon he’ll be expanding his medical skills as part of the U.S. Air Force.Continue reading
A Riley pediatric resident is organizing a bone marrow registry drive in Simon Family Tower on Wednesday. “When we go home we often bring our patients home in our hearts,” said Dr. Andrea Aguilera. “The hope is that even if we have one person who is a match, we’ve done something wonderful.”Continue reading
The unique collaboration among elite children’s hospitals means Riley oncologists and IU School of Medicine researchers will have greater access to cutting-edge immunotherapy trials for pediatric oncology patients.Continue reading
This high school show choir star lost a leg to cancer, but he’s tired of that label following him around. As he settles into Indiana Wesleyan University, he’s thinking of trying out a new story to explain his prosthetic leg – something that involves a shark.Continue reading
“We’re all cracking up,” said one young Riley cancer patient as he waited to smash an egg over the head of Doug Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The goal is to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.Continue reading
Riley remains Indiana’s only nationally ranked pediatric hospital.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
Healthcare professionals can refer patients to Riley at IU Health by calling the Indiana Medical Access and Communications System (IMACS) at 317.916.3500 or 800.622.4989. IMACS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency consultations and referrals. Routine consultations and referrals are available Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5:30 pm.
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Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond.Refer A Patient
Visit the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine for information about the latest research in the field of cancer and blood diseases.
The Cancer & Blood Diseases Department at Riley at IU Health works daily to train the next generation of physicians and researchers. Riley at IU Health is actively affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Through this affiliation, we offer a pediatric oncology/hematology fellowship. The fellowship program boasts a three-year training format, with two new fellows chosen each year.