We have been touched by the kindness of so many nurses here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since my daughter, Cookie, was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2012. She had six rounds of chemo followed by a bone marrow transplant. We could not have gotten through it without the love and great care of nurses like Laura McNally, her nurse in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
As my family gathers for the holidays, I’m thankful we’ve come through another year healthy and happy. But today I can’t help but think about some very special kids at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin who are facing the battle of their lives.
Childhood cancer at any time of year is sad and tragic, but it seems particularly sad during …Continue reading →
Treatment for children with cancer has come a long way, with more children surviving than ever before. Although the survival rate is improving, many children will deal with life-long side effects as a result of their treatment. We need to make the next leap forward in discovering new cancer treatments that not only increase survival rates but also improve each child’s quality of life with fewer side effects. In order to accomplish this we have to improve our understanding of childhood cancer on a genetic level.
I am one of several researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin studying cancer stem cells, specifically those in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), how they behave and what makes them different from …Continue reading →
No child deserves cancer, but every child deserves a chance to beat it. For kids who have aggressive cancers, or cancer that has returned after standard treatments, a bone marrow transplant may be the only option to save their lives.
That’s where I come in. I’m a pediatric oncologist, and I’ve been researching ways to make bone marrow transplants safer. A bone marrow transplant can be a very difficult treatment. In some cases, the donor’s bone marrow cells end up attacking the child’s …Continue reading →
In the past 40 years, there’s been a big improvement in the survival rate of kids with cancer and blood disorders, and that’s due to one thing: Research. Today two of our doctors, Sam Milanovich, MD, and Julie Talano, MD, received grants from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program.
I was so proud to honor them, because I know it’s through research that we learn how to improve treatment and enhance quality of life for our patients. Watch highlights from today’s press conference: …Continue reading →
When your family is affected by childhood cancer, you celebrate life every day. Our family recently stepped up the celebration with an amazing group of people. We attended the annual Celebrate Life event at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It always amazes me how many kids are in this battle and how many are just out of treatment.
It was great to see my daughter Hollyn (who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005) and everyone else at the event get a lot of “wows” from the staff. She really is growing up. Her hair is longer, but she’s still the same girl many of them met seven years ago. I hope her warm smile and hugs never change.
There always is great music at this event, and …Continue reading →
Are you a donor? I am. I regularly donate blood, and I’m proud to show off the orange sticker on my driver’s license that says I’m willing to be an organ donor. But there’s another way you can donate life to someone in need. You also can be a bone marrow donor.
Bone marrow transplants aren’t just for cancer, they’re for a whole group of people with non-cancerous diseases. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a little guy from San Francisco who personally knows how important bone marrow donors really are. Jake is 5 years old, and he’s been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder where the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. To put it simply, this can …Continue reading →
I have been working as a pediatric nurse for over 25 years and have done a variety of jobs. I recently started working in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, caring for children who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
These children have complex needs and often require a variety of specialists to help care for them. I love the fact that I work with a team of people who look out for the best interests of these very special kids and their families. Working with this multidisciplinary …Continue reading →
Recently, with the help of Skype, I met Gloria Roschke and her seventh grade class from the Milwaukee Academy of Science. The students attending this magnet school are on a path to pursue higher education in the field of science. As a class project, they were learning about childhood diseases and asked if I would speak to them as a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
I was impressed by their questions, from “What is the most common cancer in kids?” to “What is chemotherapy and does it hurt?” These …Continue reading →
It’s not every day that a pediatric Phase 1 Clinical Trial Center opens in Wisconsin. In fact, the Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the only Children’s Oncology Group Phase 1 and Pilot Consortium in the entire state and one of only 21 centers in the world. That puts us in an elite group of pediatric cancer programs and raises the bar for research in the state.
So what does this really mean for the children and families who come through our doors? …Continue reading this post