The Vannie Cook Clinic in McAllen, Texas, offers advanced treatments and diagnostics from Texas Children’s/Baylor College of Medicine physicians in the only comprehensive pediatric cancer and hematology center in South Texas.
101 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, TX 78503
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Prior to the creation of this program, families in the Rio Grande Valley were forced to drive either to San Antonio (five hours away) or to Houston (six hours away) to receive cancer treatment for their child. Since treatments can be necessary one or more times a week, the commute was a serious burden for families, often with dire consequences for the family or the child’s care.
Since 2001, more than 9,000 families have found the care they need right where they need it most, in their own backyard.
The mission of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic is to offer treatment to children along the Mexico border in South Texas who suffer from cancer and blood disorders. It is the region’s first state-of-the-art pediatric hematology/oncology clinic and the only comprehensive pediatric cancer treatment facility in South Texas.
The outpatient clinic is comprised of over 10,000 square feet of space with 2 waiting rooms, 7 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms, 2 phlebotomy stations, 2 laboratories and a large infusion suite divided into areas for toddlers, young children and adolescents, respectively.
In addition to offering diagnostic and cancer treatment services, the clinic offers a long term survivor program which follows childhood cancer survivors through adulthood, and conducts childhood cancer epidemiology research.
The clinic was created through a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. Our goal is to ensure that local children who suffer from cancer and blood diseases receive the most up-to-date care and treatment without the need to leave the region and regardless of ability to pay.
The clinic is led by medical director Dr. Juan Carlos Bernini. Four physicians, a staff of registered nurses, social workers, clinic technicians and administrative support comprise the team.