I’m more than half way through my 50-week CHOC gratitude tour, and I just met two others who want to join me in thanking the hospital for our bright futures: Meet Amy and Emily. Sisters Amy and Emily believe they have two birthdays: the days they were born, and the days they were diagnosed with
Imagine waiting for years to learn what is ailing your sick child, only to receive a diagnosis that you’ve never heard of. That’s often the plight of a parent of a child with a rare disease. CHOC Children’s works to diagnose, treat and support patients and families with rare conditions. Here are some facts on
“The pediatric cancer patient is never an individual, but is looked at in the context of the family,” says Dr. Sender, explaining the need for a family-centered treatment approach with young cancer patients. “Kids have siblings. They have parents. We try to understand that patient as a child, or teen, or young adult, but we also understand how they fit into their family and the family dynamics.
Orange County is one of the sunniest places in California, with hundreds of sun days per year. With that comes the need for protection. Improper protection can increase risk for skin cancer. “People get skin cancers, the most serious being melanoma, because we get too much exposure to the sunlight,” says Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC’s Children’s.
Melanoma accounts for 4% of all skin cancers. With early detection, melanoma is curable, so be safe and use common sense in the sun.
Choco Bear Almost 50 years ago, the good doctors, nurses and staff at CHOC Children’s took good care of me after an unfortunate tree-falling incident. I have been their biggest fan (and official mascot) ever since. This post is part of my 50 weeks of gratitude tour. Learn more at http://www.choc.org/thxCHOC.
Bailey Spoonhower, 9, was treated at CHOC for, and beat, a rare type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. He had some advice for kids that feel nervous about coming to the hospital. Children’s Miracle Network and Walmart have named Bailey the Champion for California. To read more about our efforts with Children’s Miracle Network, click here.