Our program is designed to care for children on any part of the spectrum of sickle cell disease. Some children with sickle cell disease require no treatment other than regular visits to their physician for blood tests. Others, including those with sickle cell disease, may require medications or vitamin supplements. Children with sickle cell disease also require extra vaccinations to prevent infections. Those with a more severe disease often require frequent blood transfusions or surgery to remove their spleen or gallbladder.
The most serious forms of the disease are referred for blood and marrow transplant (BMT) since this is the only known curative therapy. For more information about our blood and marrow transplant program, visit our page on treatment for hemoglobinopathies.