The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) is based at Children’s Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus and provides care to children with cancer at several satellite locations throughout the state.
On the 7th floor of the hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus are inpatient beds for hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant patients, along with an adjacent outpatient clinic that includes a large infusion center and anesthesia clinic.
A cancer center designed to help kids heal
To help minimize the risk of infection, the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders includes many unique features. All rooms on the inpatient unit are built to protect highly immune-compromised patients (those with weakened immune systems due to cancer or bone marrow transplant treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy). Because these patients are more susceptible to infection, our rooms have special HEPA filtration systems to clean the air.
Other examples of our safe environment include enclosed light fixtures, double-paned windows, extra filters on sinks and ice machines, solid-surface ceiling tiles and non-carpeted flooring – all to decrease the exposure to fungal agents.
In addition to our clean and safe facilities, there are a multitude of spaces on the 7th floor and at our satellite locations that support a caring and healing environment. We have large playrooms and single-use patient playrooms (for kids in isolation), a teen lounge, private consult rooms, exercise equipment and waiting rooms with computers for family use.
About our cancer units and clinics
The entire 48-bed inpatient unit has HEPA-filtered private rooms and bathrooms to help prevent infection, along with activity areas, consult rooms and family lounges.
The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Inpatient Unit has separate family amenities such as a patient playroom, a patient exercise area, a family lounge and a kitchen.
The Outpatient Clinic has a reception area (including a special BMT waiting area), intake rooms, consult rooms, exam rooms, procedure rooms, a teen lounge, a family lounge, specially pressurized rooms for patient safety and check-out scheduling stations. Plus, the CCBD outpatient clinic provides scheduling for all exams and appointments, which ensures continuity during a patient’s entire outpatient visit.
All inpatient and infusion rooms have an Xbox or Nintendo Wii to help pass the time and make the hospital stay a little more fun.
The Procedure Clinic is offered five days a week to inpatients and outpatients. Pediatric anesthesiologists administer anesthesia to minimize pain and anxiety associated with bone marrow aspirates and lumbar punctures. This clinic’s outpatient location greatly improves efficiency and satisfaction of patients and their families.
An Infusion Center is part of the outpatient clinic with private rooms and comfortable infusion chairs, multiple entertainment options, creative therapies and room service for meals. The center is open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves not only patients of the CCBD, but also any outpatient who requires infusion therapy. The Infusion Center allows many treatments to be delivered on an outpatient basis, rather than requiring overnight hospital stays. Outpatient infusions and transfusions are also given on most holidays and on weekends, allowing patients to avoid unnecessary overnight hospitalizations.
The Pediatric Radiation Therapy Unit is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus at University of Colorado Hospital. Nurses from the CCBD at Children’s Colorado provide kid-friendly care for pediatric patients requiring anesthesia during radiation therapy.
A special lead-lined room in the new Highly Immune-Compromised Bone Marrow Transplant Unit provides the ability to deliver radioactive therapies (such as MIBG for neuroblastoma) in a safe environment. Previously, patients had to travel out of the Rocky Mountain region to receive this form of treatment.
The 7th floor also includes family sleeping rooms and a satellite pharmacy that serves all areas. And because we treat patients from birth up to age 30 with cancer and blood disorders, our facilities are welcoming to patients and their families regardless of age, including adolescents and young adults.
How to find us at Children's Colorado on Anschutz Medical Campus
At our Anschutz Medical Campus location in Aurora, the dedicated CCBD floor allows us to provide integrated treatment that best meets the needs of our patients and families.
To find us, take the central elevator to the 7th floor check-in area. Here, you can check in for clinic visits and infusions, or be admitted for inpatient care (hematology/oncology patients will go to 7th Floor West, and those in the Highly Immune-Compromised Bone Marrow Transplant Unit will be directed to 7th Floor East).