Experienced pediatric cancer care

Experienced pediatric cancer care

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute provides the latest in pediatric cancer treatments, programs for treating rare tumors and blood disorders, a blood and marrow transplant program, and resources to support the needs of young patients and the entire family.

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute features a skilled cancer care team that is completely focused on the needs of patients and family. Our approach to cancer care considers the effect of treatment on the entire body, not just the cancer, and is mindful of potential complications as childhood cancer survivors grow and age.

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute is home to:

  • Kentucky’s only blood and marrow transplant program specifically for children
  • Kentucky’s only pediatric apheresis and photopheresis programs
  • An immunotherapy program
  • One of the country’s largest sickle cell anemia treatment programs
  • Life After Cancer survivorship program
  • Pediatric bleeding and clotting program (hemostasis and thrombosis)

Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital

The cancer care program at Norton Children’s Hospital was first accredited in 1959 and is one of the country’s oldest children’s oncology programs continually accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center was designed with families in mind. It features:

  • 20 private patient rooms
  • Designated patient-only playroom
  • Family playroom with full kitchen and business center
  • Adolescent and young adult area specifically designed for patients ages 13 and older, including a common area for teens to relax and visit with others
  • Ronald McDonald apartment for families
  • HEPA filtration air system with negative air pressure to create the safest care environment

Children’s Oncology Group research and clinical trials

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute is a long-standing member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). COG is the world’s largest group of hospitals treating children with cancer. Our team and COG hospitals across the U.S. follow the same best practices, protocols and treatment regimens for childhood cancer treatment. This means each child has access to the most current clinical trials to improve the cure rate for childhood cancer while decreasing possible longterm effects.

Affiliation with the University of Louisville

Through an affiliation with Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, physicians and advanced practice providers from UofL Physicians – Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders provide care for any pediatric or adolescent oncology and hematology condition. Working together, the group is able to provide initial diagnosis, set a care plan using a variety of treatment options, and manage long-term care and follow-up. The team of medical oncologists works closely with other pediatric specialists, including neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, orthopedic oncologists and others, to provide a team approach to comprehensive care for children from birth to young adulthood.

Norton Children’s Infusion Center

Norton Children’s Infusion Center is an outpatient facility that serves as an extension of our cancer care program.

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute features the region’s only pediatric apheresis and photopheresis program. Apheresis and photopheresis help with the treatment of leukemias and various other blood disorders. These treatments also help patients fight graft-versus-host disease after stem cell transplants, and rejection after organ transplants and other treatments.

Most of these treatments, along with other outpatient care needed in a child’s cancer journey, are provided at Norton Children’s Infusion Center.

Families have access to the following services in a convenient outpatient setting:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood transfusions
  • Monthly port access
  • White cell depletion
  • Photopheresis
  • Peripheral stem cell harvesting

Refer a patient

Download and print the form to refer a patient to the Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville. Fax the completed form to University of Louisville Physicians at (502) 588-9536.