The Sickle Cell Center at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is the region's only source of comprehensive medical care and special expertise in hemoglobinopathies.
- Provide comprehensive care to all persons with sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies
- Conduct research to elucidate the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease
- Develop and implement treatments and systems of care that prevent or minimize complications and that prolong and improve the quality of life
The Center is also committed to providing education about sickle cell disease and other hemoglobin disorders to physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and trainees, and the community at large.
The key to obtaining optimal outcomes for patients with Sickle Cell Disease is enrollment in a program of specialized comprehensive care provided by a multi-disciplinary team of providers with expertise in Sickle Cell Disease.
- Comprehensive care includes extensive patient and family education
- Psychosocial support
- Periodic medical evaluations to review disease manifestations
- Document important baseline physical findings and laboratory values
- Monitor nutrition, growth, development, and educational achievement
- Detect early signs of organ damage.
In addition, patients are periodically evaluated for specific therapies such as chronic transfusions, Hydroxyurea, or bone marrow transplantation.