Comprehensive, coordinated cancer care for your child

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's in Temple has the full range of diagnostic and treatment facilities, including pediatric intensive care and outstanding pediatric surgery providing lifesaving care for our fragile patients.

Our Central Texas team works with various pediatric subspecialists to provide multidisciplinary care for children with complex medical problems. Our integrated medical structure greatly enhances our specialists' ability to collaborate in caring for sick children.

McLane Children's is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), an international organization with over 250 member institutions dedicated to childhood cancer treatment and research. COG member institutions such as Baylor Scott & White have access to the most current and successful treatments for childhood cancer and actively participate in studies to improve outcomes and quality of life.

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Specialized staff caring for your family's needs

Children with chronic illnesses such as sickle cell disease, hemophilia, or life-threatening diseases such as cancer are best cared for by a team of healthcare providers. Our Central Texas team, led by physician specialists, includes nurses with specialized training and certification in treating children with cancer and blood disorders, along with dedicated social workers and Child Life specialists with expertise in helping children and families through the many challenges they face undergoing treatment.

These challenges range from coping with physical and psychological distress, integrating treatment with our patients' ongoing education, and helping them work through stresses affecting family finances and relationships.

Conditions we treat

Pediatric hematologist-oncologists take care of children with blood disorders and cancer. They have received advanced training leading to specialty board certification. Hematology is the treatment of blood disorders. Oncology is the treatment of cancer. Our physicians in Temple are board-certified experts who specialize in both areas.

  • Conditions related to abnormal numbers and/or function of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets, which include:
    • Neutropenia
    • Anemia
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Thalassemia
    • Thrombocytopenia
  • Bleeding disorders, including:
    • Hemophilia
    • Von Willebrand disease
  • Thrombotic disorders (blood clots)
  • Blood (leukemia) and lymphatic (lymphoma) cancers
  • Bone and soft tissue and muscle cancers (sarcoma)
  • Brain tumors
  • Solid tumors of all types, including:
    • Retinoblastoma
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Testicular cancer

Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons treat your child's bone cancer

Childhood cancer is rare, and pediatric cancers of the bone and soft tissues (osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma) are even rarer.

Treatment requires a combination of chemotherapy and surgical removal. Historically, this surgery was usually some amputation, but at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's, we offer limb-salvage surgery in approximately 85 percent of cases. This procedure requires reconstructing any bone defect created by removing the tumor.

Options for replacing your child's missing bone include:

  • Endoprostheses – large metallic joint replacements
  • Allografts – bone from tissue donors
  • Autografts – bone from your own body

We make every effort to preserve as much bone as medically possible.