Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a blood disorder that’s passed down from both parents to a child. The disease damages red blood cells, causing them to clump together, block blood flow, and potentially cause jaundice, anemia, pain, and sometimes serious complications in the lungs and spleen. At Stanford Children’s Health, our expert, comprehensive team cares for children with sickle cell disease from birth through early adulthood, providing holistic support for the entire family and empowering children to feel well and live quality lives.

Why choose Stanford Children’s Health for sickle cell disease treatment

  • Individualized, consistent care through the years. Many of our patients consider us extended family. By becoming your medical home and seeing your child consistently through the years, we stay attuned to your child’s needs, tailoring care and prevention strategies to keep your child healthy and well. Our care continues through adulthood via our partnership with Stanford Health Care’s Hematology Program.
  • Leading-edge, evidence-based treatments. We’re dedicated to providing your child the very best care for sickle cell disease. That’s why we remain in constant contact with both national and regional sickle cell centers and organizations, such as the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative, to ensure that your child receives the very latest treatments, including new medicines, revolutionary stem cell transplants, blood transfusions, and, for older children, possible gene therapy treatment. We are also recognized by the state of California as a specialty center for sickle cell disease.
  • Parent-focused, patient-centered approach. With us, you’ll never feel like a number. Our intimate setting allows for ample time during visits and one-on-one parent education and conversation. At each and every visit, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and social workers, led by our dedicated nurse practitioner, to receive treatment, learn care techniques, and gain emotional and practical support, including connecting you with local resources.