Because treatment for pediatric lymphoma can also harm normal cells, treating and managing side effects is an important part of follow-up care. For instance, we may need to take steps to treat and prevent infections resulting from a low white blood cell count. Your child may also need help coping with hair loss, including wigs or other products to help improve your child’s appearance and confidence. A low platelet count could cause your child to bruise or bleed easily, so your child may need a platelet transfusion or treatment to stop menstruation to prevent heavy bleeding.
Your child and family will also have access to our Pediatric Support Center, focusing on your child’s social, emotional and psychological well-being and offering support for the whole family, including siblings.
With an emphasis on healing, recovery, wellness and disease prevention, Miami Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program team is right there with you as you move into the next phase of your life.
Ringing of the bell
A bright silver bell hangs in the lobby of Miami Cancer Institute. The ringing of the bell signals the end of active treatment. This tradition was started by rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Irve Le Moyne, who was undergoing radiation for head and neck cancer. He planned to follow a Navy tradition of ringing a bell to signify “when the job was done.” Now nearly all facilities have a similar bell that patients can ring to mark the end of treatment.