I recently had the opportunity to talk on our Facebook page about childhood cancer. In addition to being an enjoyable, insightful discussion, it was also quite timely as September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
I was able to address many aspects of cancer care — from the advances we’ve made to how we continue to care for survivors. I encourage you to watch the video above to see this engaging conversation.
One question I was particularly pleased to address was from a person who said he is a cancer survivor who has had more than 30 surgeries since he was diagnosed as a child more than 20 years ago. He wanted to know what was being done to care for kids who survive cancer once they grow up. While survivorship for childhood cancer is now over 80 percent — which is fantastic — it does present the issue of what we can do for these patients as they go into adulthood and perhaps face other health problems related to their cancer fight.
I also got to share a lot about cancer research, clinical trials, and the kind of care we offer in the MACC Fund Center here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This work is possible because of amazing community partners that help raise awareness and funds to fight pediatric cancer, including the MACC Fund, Northwestern Mutual and Gold in September (G9). Information is always important when battling cancer or any other disease, and I hope you find this chat helpful.
Specialists in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are among the most experienced in treating children with cancer and blood disorders. The program was named among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.
Learn more about Micheal Kelly, MD, PhD.