Searching for cancer treatments: Increasing survival and improving quality of life

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 →

How I’m working to make bone marrow transplants safer for kids

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 →

How research grants improve lives of kids with cancer and blood disorders

Hope on Wheels

Sam Milanovich, MD, and Julie Talano, MD, received grants from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program.

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 →

Research at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin improves care for patients

Every year Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin conducts hundreds of research studies to help prevent and cure childhood diseases. The research also helps to improve the quality of life for children and their families.

At Children’s Hospital our focus is on translational research. This means taking findings from the lab and applying them to new therapies to benefit patients in our hospitals and clinics. The research in the lab directly impacts how kids are being treated for childhood …Continue reading →

Investing in pediatric research

I have the unique opportunity every day to see the work that is being done to improve the lives of children right here in Milwaukee.

Many people forget that kids are not small adults. The research that is done in the adult world cannot be directly applied to children. By investing in pediatric research, we hopefully can stop diseases in their tracks.

Research is found in almost every area of Children’s Hospital and Health System. Did …Continue reading →

Children’s research and you

The day after my daughter was born, we were asked to enroll her in a clinical study. She was perfect, just what the study needed: a healthy child to compare to children with illnesses.

Through my job, I know what is involved in clinical research. Each study has risks and benefits, and that’s what I needed to know about to make our decision. In our case, there was no likely benefit to my daughter, but there was the potential to bring benefit to any future siblings she may have. The risk was no more than a normal blood test, and my wife …Continue reading →

Patients change the future of kids’ health care

Have you ever wondered how it is that we know so much about many of the injuries and illnesses that occur in children? Did you ever think about how a medication was developed to treat cancer, epilepsy, asthma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or Crohn’s Disease? How in the world did physicians figure out how to treat and repair heart defects in newborns?

The answer is clinical research. You are very important in the effort to discover causes and …Continue reading →