White Blood Cell (WBC) Disorders Program
Who we are
White blood cell (also called “leukocyte”) disorders affect the body’s ability to fight off infection. Some white blood cell disorders, such as leukemia, are cancerous, while others are non-malignant (non-cancerous).
At our White Blood Cell Disorders Program, we provide comprehensive treatment for children with non-malignant white blood cell disorders. Children we treat have conditions that include:
- low white blood cell count and neutropenia (low levels of bacteria-fighting neutrophils)
- high white blood cell count
- white blood cells that do not function properly despite a normal number in the blood
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center is known for a science-driven approach. In fact, we’re home to one of the world's most extensive pediatric hospital research enterprises, and we partner with elite health care and biotech organizations around the globe. But as specialists in innovative, family-centered care, our physicians never forget that your child is precious, and not just a patient.
Our program has adopted a family-centered model of care. From your first visit, you’ll work with a team of professionals who are committed to supporting all of your family’s physical and psychosocial needs. Our services include:
- comprehensive medical evaluation, consultant reports back to your referring pediatrician and treatment if indicated
- ongoing medical management
- counseling and support
- access to new treatment approaches through clinical research
Did you know? Historic breakthrough
Did you know? Many cell types
There are many different types of white blood cells, also known as leukocytes, in the human body. Some fight bacteria and fungi, others battle parasites and still others fend off viruses and prevent tumors.