The Joan & Sanford Weil Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology cares for children from birth to 20 years of age who have cancer and/or blood diseases. The division also performs bone marrow transplants. Each week, one to two new children are diagnosed and treated in the department.
The department achieves a cure rate of about 80%, matching figures recorded in Western Europe and the United States.
The department is the only one of its kind in Northern Israel, providing comprehensive treatment services to children and their families. In the course of treatment the department provides support services to critically ill children and long-term monitoring of children who have recovered from their illness. Most of the children are treating according to international protocols (The Children's Oncology Group and European Pediatric Oncology Groups).The department also provides psychological treatment via a multidisciplinary team specially trained for treating sick children. In addition to the physicians and nurses, the department team includes psychologists, social workers, art and music therapists, medical clowns, and selected alternative treatment providers.