There are several treatments that can relieve the symptoms of sickle cell anemia and improve the person’s quality of life. Some treatments can prevent numerous complications, such as taking antibiotics as prevention to reduce the risk of bacterial infections.
For more information about the treatment of sickle cell anemia, see the guide Sickle Cell Disease: A Family Handbook or talk to your doctor.
Medical follow-up at a specialized centre
People who have sickle cell anemia need regular medical follow-up to obtain appropriate treatment for their condition. Follow-up is provided in specialized centres by a multidisciplinary team associated with a hematology clinic.
In Québec, five specialized centres provide treatment and follow-up for children who have sickle cell anemia:
- Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine;
- Centre universitaire de santé McGill – Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants;
- Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec – Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval;
- Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke – Hôpital Fleurimont;
- Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal – Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.
Other specialized centres provide treatment and follow-up for adults who have sickle cell anemia:
- Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal – Hôpital Notre-Dame;
- Centre universitaire de santé McGill – Hôpital Royal-Victoria.
The Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Quebec is a voluntary organization that provides support to children and to anyone who has sickle cell anemia in Québec. It helps improve the quality of life of families living with the disease by providing various services, such as family respite and support programs.